PROGRAMS OF THE JMPMF
When we first began this journey and established the Foundation to honor Jordan and prevent suicide in the college-aged population, we didn’t have any idea what type of programs were available for parents, for students or for the schools. We assumed there were education programs, perhaps awareness programs, but we did not realize the depth of what is ALREADY existing in this arena. The resources are huge. This is not to say that more programming isn’t necessary, but it became clear to us that developing a platform to showcase the existing resources available would be one of Jordan’s Foundations missions. And so we developed the Fresh Check Day concept. Fresh Check Days are meant to be a stage for the programs of organizations such as The Jed Foundation, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Active Minds, The Trevor Project, and more.
Two new additional programs that are in development are 9 out of 10 and You Are Not Alone in This. These programs are in the strategic development phases at this point.
9 Out of 10 – Help Some One
This program is based on the knowledge that 1 in 10 college students contemplate suicide. Jordan’s Foundation is choosing to look at the positive side of this very scary statistic. This means that 9 students have the ability to help some one. This program will include the development of a music video featuring the band Barefoot Truth
as well as a mobile app.
You Are Not Alone In This
In the very early development stages, this program will feature a video series that focuses on the messaging to everyone that “you are not alone.” The THIS can be anything….stress, a relationship breakup, a divorce, difficulty in school, depression, etc. It is very important for everyone – young and old(er) – to understand that no one is ever ALL alone. This program will seek to make this point known through a creative means.
The Transition Year – Looking Forward
Many of Jordan’s friends have told us that they “were not aware” of the massive changes that take place between high school and college — the changes in dynamics, the freedoms, the time management, the expectations, a different way of life. We have come to understand this transition year as a pivotal year in the lives of these students and a time with serious mental health implications as well as opportunities to help.