Laura of Shout Out Loud and Lisa from Synergy eTherapy are teaming up again to hold the 3rd ‘Shout Out Loud’ suicide prevention and resource awareness charity event. Saturday, October 1, 2022 at the ROC (SLP REC Center, fully covered, rain free, outdoor venue) in St. Louis Park, MN.
Our main goal with Shout Out Loud is to normalize the conversation about suicide prevention in our community and encourage participation in local wellness resources. THE EVENT IS FREE & FAMILY FRIENDLY with a focus on mental and physical wellness activities for all ages to enjoy. Think of a backyard carnival with fun games, activities, music, food trucks, raffle prizes, and much more! This year we wanted to bring in a multitude of diversity and be mindful in elevating the voices of our BIPOC community.
Want to know something cool? Our ENTIRE organization is made up of volunteers. Everyone involved volunteers their time, including Lisa & Laura and our Board of Directors. It takes a village to Shout Out Loud!
With the suicide rate skyrocketing in particular among 10-24 year olds, we NEED to do more to teach coping skills and increase awareness about wellness resources.
Our ‘Coping Cubbies’ are sponsored by local Minnesota health clinics and businesses with the goal of enhancing a child’s or adult’s ability to deal with stress. We will also have several other areas at the event geared towards creative and expressive arts like arts/crafts, robotics & coding, virtual reality, music, karate, and more.
Funds raised will be used towards mental wellness initiatives, directly impacting our community.
2022 Beneficiaries – 2 local 501c3 nonprofits, Move Fwd MN & Queerspace Collective.
Move Fwd MN will use the funds raised to help more teens receive trauma-informed, culturally competent mental health support. Depression and anxiety symptoms in children and adolescents worldwide has doubled when compared to pre-pandemic times. Despite these high rates of serious emotional distress, many teens and young adults aren’t getting the help they need.
Queerspace Collective would use the funds raised to support QUEERSPACE hangouts, their mentorship program for LGBTQ+ youth. Program activities include matching LGBTQ+ youth with LGBTQ+ adults, hosting monthly events to build a network of support for those youth, and ongoing mental health and advocacy training for caregivers and mentors.
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