1 in every 5 children have, or will have a mental illness. 1/2 of chronic mental illnesses begin by age 14, and 3/4 occurs by the age of 24. Suicide is the third leading cause of death from ages 10-24.
These are facts we can't ignore. These are children we know. These are grandkids, nieces, nephews, and other people we care about. This fundraiser hits very close to home for me, as I have struggled with my OCD and depression since I was diagnosed 5 years ago. I'm finally in a place where I feel confident in myself, happy, and ready to help other people. December 22, 2018 will be my 18th birthday and I can think of nothing more fitting than to give back to the community who helped me when I was struggling. The best gift I could ask for this holiday season, instead of any sort of personal present for my birthday or Christmas, is a donation to a wonderful care unit like this one. Together we can help children grow into successful and happy adults by getting them the help they need and deserve.
This fundraiser will be benefiting University of Michigan Psychiatry.