KyleCares Foundation News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 2020
As we approach the end of a very difficult year for millions of people around the globe, we reflect on the tremendous support we continue to receive from individuals, families, organizations, small businesses, and corporations who believe in the KyleCares mission. 

Eliminating student self-harm and suicide by creating high school and college environments where students have confidence to seek help without shame or hesitation takes families, friends, teachers, coaches, trusted adult advisors, and school admin-istrators to play a proactive role. 
Now more than ever we all need to help students navigate through the challenges caused by the ongoing pandemic. Read below about the programs KyleCares has recently helped organize and fund for students, faculty, parents, and schools.
With over 850 students enrolled at Medfield (MA) High School, senior Meghan Bannister is leading the charge to create the school’s first-ever Active Minds Chapter on campus to help generate conversation around students’ mental health in a positive way. 

“Having a group within the school willing to talk openly about mental health will help break the ice on the topic for students who may be embarrassed or self-conscious to talk about it on their own”, noted Meghan. Especially during the pandemic when many students may be feeling socially isolated, overwhelmed with online learning, or just disappointed in missed opportunities that have been cancelled, the Active Minds Chapter hopes to help students realize “it’s ok to not be ok”. 

Nearly 40 students have lined up to kick-start the Chapter!
KyleCares has extended an offer letter to twenty-seven Massachusetts and Rhode Island high schools to help coordinate and fund training for their faculty and staff in QPR Gatekeeper Training. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer, and QPR Gatekeeper Training allows those who are on the front lines of student interaction to be able to intervene and possibly change the course for a person in crisis. The training is provided by a QPR-certified trainer from KyleCares’ partner Minding Your Mind, and teaches how to recognize warning signs of suicide, how to offer hope, and how to get help.
The Tri-Town Council is an organization based in Topsfield, MA serving youth and families of Topsfield, Middleton, and Boxford in the Masconomet Regional School District. Recently, Tri-Town offered programming during this unusual school year to support continuous awareness, education, and strategies for parents to support their children’s mental health. Over 180 parents logged on live or watched recordings of a 2-part series presented virtually by Minding Your Mind entitled “The Secret Lives of Teens and Tweens”. The presentations focused on what children are really thinking, what they fear, why they do not share more, and how adults can effectively support the teens and tweens in their lives.
Your generous donation to KyleCares will have a direct impact on our efforts to increase mental health awareness and suicide prevention for teens and young adults in high schools and colleges.

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