Month: May 2020

Support the Campaign for Campus Mental Health

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There’s never been a more important time to give.

Generous donations from T. Denny Sanford and Bill & Susan Sands to support Lost&Found’s Campaign for Campus Mental Health have created an opportunity to reimagine how we end suicide for young adults in our state, region, and country. We are over halfway toward our $200,000 goal for 2020 and on our way to impacting thousands of lives.

Now, we need your help.

Through the three-year Campaign for Campus Mental Health, Lost&Found aims to reach 25,000 students with evidence-based programs and resources that increase personal resilience. Last year, Lost&Found piloted new resilience programs that reached 2,200 students on five college campuses in South Dakota. We also ramped up groundbreaking mental health research services, surveying or interviewing over 1,200 students, faculty, and staff to help campus administrators address student mental health needs more quickly and effectively. In 2020, Lost&Found will unveil a new peer advising program designed to connect students with needed conversation and access to mental health resources, as well as expand resilience programs to new campuses in South Dakota and Minnesota.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made the future less predictable, and few of us like to make financial decisions in this kind of uncertainty. But this pandemic has also highlighted the critical need for Lost&Found’s work. We have shifted our programming entirely online, with virtual events and a strong social media presence that is encouraging and connecting people even while they are distant from one another. The progress is promising: we have reached over 250,000 unique users since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. We know that getting through this pandemic will be a marathon, not a sprint, and we are committed to supporting all people through the mental health challenges that many of us will face.

We are asking for your support to continue this work, build on it, and leave a lasting impact on the mental health of thousands of young adults. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Join the FOUNDers Club and set up a recurring donation to Lost&Found. Your monthly, quarterly, or annual donations provide the lifeblood to our mental health programs and resources. Learn more about giving options here.
  • Join Lost&Found’s Virtual First Friday race team. Run or walk for Lost&Found by registering for the Downtown Sioux Falls Virtual First Friday Race series. Lost&Found receives $10 for every participant who registers with our team, and the team with the most participants will receive an additional donation. Register here
  • Keep in touch: Make sure you’ve signed up to receive our newsletters, and follow us on social media: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube

There’s never been a more critical moment to support mental health. Give today and help us double the impact created by the incredible generosity of T. Denny Sanford and Bill & Susan Sands.

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Lost&Found delivers resilience education and mental health resources through student-led campus chapters at the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, University of Sioux Falls, Dakota Wesleyan University, and Augustana University. Founded in 2010, Lost&Found takes a data-driven, strengths-based approach to suicide prevention efforts, delivering research tools that allow campus administrators to quickly understand and respond to student mental health needs with programs, policies, and people.