A Word from Margo Dutton and Her Daughters, 2021-2022 First Family
Each year, Cal-Nev-Ha Kiwanians have the opportunity to support a project by the Governor’s spouse or family. This year, we have chosen to support initiatives that help young people attain the mental health services they need.
Did you know one in five Americans are affected by mental health conditions?
These conditions affect a person’s thinking, feeling, behavior, and/or mood. They are important to talk about, but the stigma against mental health can create a toxic environment of fear, shame, and silence that prevents people from seeking help and treatment.
Check out this resource guide from the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) for ways your club can take action and end the stigma associated with mental health.
Did you know 50% of all mental health conditions begin by age 14.
The stigma against mental health is more dangerous among young people as these conditions often develop at a young age. Ending the stigma against mental health is essential to making a difference, and the perception of mental illness won’t change unless we act to change it.
If we can do one thing, it is to spread the message that mental health is just as real as physical health, and that illness can strike anyone, no matter how unlikely they may seem. It is ok to not be ok; it is ok to ask for help. In fact, it is absolutely necessary to ask for help! Learn more
Kiwanis family clubs will be able to apply for grants which support projects in our communities dedicated to growing healthy hearts and minds. Kiwanis clubs can receive matching grants of up to $500, and Service Leadership Program (SLP) clubs can receive grants of up to $250. Here are some ideas for projects that support our goal:
- Support your local libraries in creating safe spaces for mental health knowledge and access to resources;
- Partner with your local schools to ensure that there are sufficient counselors available for students;
- Host a mental health awareness fair in your community to educate your members on topics including the top 10 common mental health warning signs and ways to end the stigma against mental health.
When you contribute to the First Family’s Focus, you help young people attain the mental heath services they need.
We hope each club will join us in “Growing Healthy Hearts and Minds” among young people. Here are some of the ways you, your members, clubs, and divisions can contribute:
- Encourage your club to support the First Family’s Focus with a club donation – Clubs will be recognized with a First Family’s Focus commemorative banner patch for contributions of $250 or more.
- Develop fundraising or service projects in our community dedicated to growing healthy hearts and minds.
- Purchase a time-limited 2021-2022 First Family’s Focus Pin.