I Will Campaign
WHAT WE STAND FOR
Raising awareness and implementing change to social issues among youth in an effort to eliminate bullying and suicide, is the purpose of the IWILL Campaign. This program initiative creates an environment that provides creative processes and the releasing of life changing experiences to save young men and women.
IWILL Campaign is an affiliate of You Are Royalty Organization.
WHY WE STARTED
BULLYING: Seek to harm, intimidate, or coerce someone perceived as vulnerable.
SUICIDE: Act of intentionally causing one’s own death.
HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS: A connection between two or more people based on: Mutual Respect, Trust and Honesty.
MISSION & VISION STATEMENT
Mission: Bringing impact to the community by educating, supporting, and coaching young men and women.
Vision: Building the next generation of leaders through mentorship and training.
Types of Bullying:
Verbal bullying, including teasing, inappropriate comments, name-calling, threats and offensive hand gestures.
Social bullying, including intentional exclusion, spreading rumors and embarrassing someone.
Physical bullying, including hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing or breaking someone’s personal belongings.
Cyber bullying, which includes many of the same behaviors as social and verbal bullying, but takes place online where information can be quickly disseminated and to a large number of people.
Verbal / Social / Physical Bullying Points:
Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year
Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying
1 in 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying
1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4% of the time
Physical bullying increases in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school. Verbal abuse, on the other hand, remains constant.
Cyber Bullying Points:
Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying.
1 in 10 adolescents or teens have had embarrassing or damaging pictures taken of themselves without their permission, often using cell phone cameras
Mean, hurtful comments and spreading rumors are the most common type of cyber bullying
Cyber bullying affects all races
Cyber bullying victims are more likely to have low self esteem and to consider suicide
Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24. (2018 CDC WISQARS)
5,000 young people complete suicide in the U.S. each year.
Each year, there are approximately 10 youth suicides for every 100,000 youth.
Each day, there are approximately 12 youth suicides.
Every 2 hours and 11 minutes, a person under the age of 25 completes suicide.
More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that each year approximately one million people die from suicide, which represents a global mortality rate of 16 people per 100,000 or one death every 40 seconds. It is predicted that by 2020 the rate of death will increase to one every 20 seconds.
PREVENT BULLYING AND SUICIDE POINTS
Some ways to prevent bullying and suicide points:
Help kids understand bullying and how to identify it
Keep the lines of communication open
Encourage kids to do what they love
Model how to treat others
Don’t let your child’s depression or anxiety snowball
Listen—even when your child is not talking
Never shrug off threats of suicide as typical melodrama
Seek professional help right away
Share your feelings and let them know they are not alone
Encourage your teen not to isolate himself or herself from family and friends
HELP, GUIDANCE AND RESOURCES
If you or someone you know is on the verge of suicide PLEASE call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or go to the nearest hospital emergency room IMMEDIATELY so you can get help! (800) 273-TALK (8255) is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. The Deaf Hotline is (800)-799-4TTY (4889).
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
APA Practice Organization Psychologist Locator: http://locator.apa.org/
The National Association of Free Clinics: http://www.freeclinics.us/
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: (202) 966-7300, www.aacap.org
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: afsp.org/findaprofessional
National Institute of Mental Health: 1-888-ANXIETY, http://store.samhsa.gov/mhlocator
Mental Health America: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/finding-help
American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: http://myaccount.aacap.org/iweb/BuyersGuide/ProfessionalSearch.aspx
Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists: http://www.aglp.org/images/Directories/AGLPReferralDirectory2010.pdf
Anxiety Disorders Association of America: http://www.adaa.org/finding-help/getting-support
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): http://www.nami.org/, (866) 615-6464
The nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Trained volunteers at the NAMI Helpline provide information, referrals, and support to all who are impacted by mental illness.
Call your local hospitals and ask what kinds of mental health services they offer — and at what price. Teaching hospitals, where doctors are trained, often provide low- or no-cost services. U.S. Hospitals, http://www.theagapecenter.com/Hospitals/index.htm.
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
If a college in your area offers graduate degrees in psychology or social work, the students might run free or low-cost clinics as part of their training.
ULifeline for College Students: http://ulifeline.org/page/main/StudentLogin.html
On-campus health services: If you’re in college or about to start, find out what kind of counseling and therapy your school offers and at what cost. Ask if they offer financial assistance for students.
BULLYING & CYBERBULLYING
Love Our Children USA™: http://loveourchildrenusa.org/kidsteens_onlinesafety.php
Love Our Children USA™: http://loveourchildrenusa.org/kidsteens_bullyingstopsnow.php
GLBT National Youth Talkline: http://www.glnh.org/talkline/index.html
Trevor Helpline / Trevor Project: Hotline: 866-488-7386
Alcoholics Anonymous http://www.aa.org/lang/en/meeting_finder.cfm?origpage=29
Narcotics Anonymous http://www.na.org/
Alanon Teen http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/for-alateen