Josh was a typical teenage boy – a well-liked athlete who made friends easily. Yet in 2009, at age 17, he took his own life. His family, who had no idea of the extent of his hopelessness, founded JAF to help prevent teen suicide, the second leading cause of death for youth ages 15 to 19. Since 2012, it has provided mental health education, resources, and support to over 50 schools and nearly 100,000 students, primarily in Fairfax County, through in-school speaker presentations, awareness campaigns, and its signature program, Our Minds Matter. Using an after-school club model, trained OMM youth develop and lead activities that encourage social connectedness, reduce mental health stigma, and build coping skills among their fellow students. The goal is to create the conditions in which those who struggle will seek help, find a caring community, and choose life.
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