Help Kickstart Our Nonprofit: FOUND

Help Kickstart Our Nonprofit: FOUND

From Celina Bontigao

FOUND stands for Friends of the Unexplained, Numbed, and Dejected. We want to be an organization that offers support for the support system. Please help us turn our goals into a reality. Visit iamfound.net for more info.

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If I asked you to name at least five people who you know have been affected by depression or suicide, you'd be able to name them in less than a minute. They may or may not be people that are in your immediate circle but you'd easily be able to do it. That's because of the alarming increase in cases of depression and suicides throughout the United States. As a society, we are all affected by this mental health crisis in some way, shape, or form. 

My name is Celina and I have been battling with depression and suicidal thoughts for more than a decade. Whenever I confide to my loved ones about my condition, more often than not, they are willing to help and support but they just don't know how.

Through FOUND, we aim to support the support system. It's so easy to tell those suffering from depression to simply ask for help but when you are at your lowest of low, that task can possibly mean life or death. Therefore, we want to equip families and friends with the knowledge and tools to be the best support system they can be for their loved ones that are suffering. 

We have four main goals:

1. A Platform For Stories

We want to use our website and organization as a platform to collect stories not only from those who face(d) depression or suicidal thoughts but also from their loved ones that supported them. As human beings, we have an innate proclivity to connection and intimacy. Sharing our stories is a great way to achieve exactly that.

2. Mental Health First Aid Kits

The stories we get will be published in pamphlets and will be included in our kits. These kits will be distributed to schools and universities across the country. There will be two types of kits: one for the support system and the other is for those battling with depression or suicidal thoughts. It costs about $5 to create one kit. 

3. Online Campaigns

We want to continuously create awareness campaigns not only to dismantle the stigma behind depression but also to initiate productive and nuanced conversations regarding mental health. These campaigns will be launched once a month.

4. Workshops and Conferences

Our ultimate vision is to host a large-scale conference where different nonprofits and organization can gather to provide workshops and guidance for those loved ones that are ready to help their affected friends or families. We do not anticipate to be able to attain this goal right off the bat, however, this is the vision that we are reaching for. 

Please help us attain our goals and be a part of a step towards combating depression and suicide. Through your donation, we will be able to fully launch our nonprofit and begin to take strides towards our goals. We, as human beings, are created to connect; we are created to communicate; we are created for intimacy. What are we waiting for? Let's go ahead and start today!

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