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.

BULLYING

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

Suicide Points: 

  • 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.

Overall

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:

(Stopbullying.gov)

  • 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

(healthychildren.org)

  • 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.

HOSPITALS

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

LGBTQ

GLSEN: The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network: http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/home/index.html
GLBT National Youth Talkline: http://www.glnh.org/talkline/index.html
Trevor Helpline / Trevor Project: Hotline: 866-488-7386
Suicide hotline for youth dealing with sexual identity: Trans Lifeline: http://translifeline.org, 877-565-8860
LGBTQ Resources For Those Who Reside Outside Of The United States:
• IGLHRC (International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission)
• ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association)
• IGLYO (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth and Student Organisation)
 GATE (Global Action for Trans* Equality)
• Oram Interionational (Organization for Refuge, Asylum, and Migration)
• No More Fear Foundation

CUTTING RESOURCES

1-800-DON’T-CUT (366-8288) More info on self-injury http://www.selfinjury.com – Referrals for therapists and tips for how to stop. http://www.selfinjury.bctr.cornell.edu/

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

National Institute on Drug Abuse http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugpages/ (800) 662-HELP (4357)
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  

EATING DISORDERS

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders http://www.anad.org/ (847) 831-3438 Assists individuals and their families to find resources and provide referrals to professionals.
National Eating Disorders Association http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/
Dedicated to providing education, resources and support to those affected by eating disorders.
Overeaters Anonymous http://www.oa.org/
Fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating.

GENERAL TEEN ISSUES

Teen Help Line 1-800-400-0900
Real Help For Teens
1-877-332-7333

MISCELLANEOUS

Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN)
1- 800-656-HOPE (4673), www.rainn.org
RAINN is a free, confidential and secure crisis hotline 24/7 for victims of sexual assault or violence as well as their friends and families. National Runaway Switchboard:1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929).
1-800-RUNAWAY is an anonymous and free 24 hour crisis line for anyone who might want to run-away from home or find themselves homeless.
This hotline can also help if you want to come home if you are on the run or have a friend who is looking for help and is thinking about running away or is already on the run.