It’s the quiet crisis in the midst of the global pandemic: America is experiencing an emergency in youth mental health and supporters of the El Rio Foundation are taking action.
The Foundation has launched the “Mission of Hope” Campaign and seeks to raise $400,000 to fund a new Youth Mental Health Pilot Program in 2022.
“When we looked at the data surrounding youth mental health, this cause became very compelling to us. The impact of COVID is obvious for adults who have lost jobs and businesses, but you take it down to the level of children and they are struggling … suicide attempts have increased nationwide. In Pima County alone, last year there were 15 youth suicides. If unaddressed, we are concerned that the numbers will continue to rise.