Our Minds Matter (formally known as The Josh Anderson Foundation) was founded in 2012 in Vienna, VA in memory and honor of Josh Anderson who died by suicide in 2009, at the age of seventeen. Our Minds Matter (OMM) works toward the day when adolescents like Josh never turn to suicide. Suicide is often described as a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Adolescents – whose part of the brain responsible for managing emotional and impulsive responses is still developing – need education, resources and support showing them that suicide is never the answer.
Recognizing the barriers of access that exist in the mental health space, we took it upon ourselves to launch the student-led club you’ve come to know as Our Minds Matter. OMM equips students with the resources and tools to change their school culture around mental health. Since 2016, this integration has successfully provided accessible mental wellness programs to youth at more than 70 schools, and continues to grow.
In 2020, we merged JAF and OMM into one unified voice, using OMM to conduct our business and communications. This shift in nomenclature doesn’t change the way we work. Rather, it’s going to simplify the way we talk about our mission-oriented movement. Please continue to support us as we work together towards a future where no teen dies by suicide.