Month: December 2020

Start your Holiday Mental Health Plan with this checklist

We know this holiday season won’t be like any other. That’s why our team has created a Holiday Mental Health Checklist for the months ahead. ✅

Use the four components of resilience to gauge your mental health over the months ahead (and beyond!). If you’re not able to check the box, that’s okay—we all are at different places in our mental health journeys, and each of us can take steps to improve our mental health.

Know that your mental health matters, and you are worth the actions you need to take to improve your mental health. This checklist can help you know where to start.

Once you have a starting point, check out Lost&Found on Instagram for regular ideas on how to improve your mental health in these areas over the holiday season.



Use the four components of resilience to gauge your mental health this holiday season. If you’re unable to check three or more items in each, plan to work on improving that aspect of your mental health.


  • I talk to others ⏤ coworkers, clients, friends, family, neighbors, or patients — often (multiple times per day).
  • I visit and chat with friends regularly (once or more per week).
  • I connect with my family/loved ones often (once or more per week).
  • I feel connected to my local community.


  • I feel fulfilled with my life and look forward to my future.
  • I feel as if my life has purpose, and I take actions to give it purpose.
  • I feel connected to my faith, higher power, or force that gives me purpose.
  • I could write down 5 long-term goals for myself at this moment.


  • I talk to myself the way I talk to others (with positivity, grace, and compassion).
  • I accept who I am, and I embrace my flaws.
  • I think positively about myself, my characteristics, and my values.
  • I feel positive about my life and the steps I am taking daily to grow.


  • I drink at least 64 ounces of water (approximately 8 cups) each day.
  • I eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each and every day.
  • I exercise at least 5 times a week.
  • I feel financially stable or have a plan to become financially stable.

Dakota Foundation supports Lost&Found’s program development with $60,000 grant

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SIOUX FALLS, SD — The Dakota Foundation, a family foundation focused on promoting social entrepreneurship, has given a $60,000 grant to Lost&Found, a 501(c)3 nonprofit mental health education and research organization based in Sioux Falls. The grant will increase Lost&Found’s capacity to provide mental health resources, training, and evaluation services to campuses, community organizations, and employers in South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Iowa.

The Dakota Foundation aims to help people help themselves by getting the skills necessary to become more self-sufficient, and this grant aligns with that goal both in its intended outcome and in its structure: It supports programming that will increase resilience in young adults throughout the four-state region, and it will pilot an earned revenue model that should help Lost&Found increase its own financial resilience as an organization.

“Lost&Found has a unique social enterprise model that is poised to scale to meet the concerning, growing need for mental health services, particularly in the era of COVID-19,” said Kelsey Nolan, Executive Director of the Dakota Foundation. “The Dakota Foundation is confident our partnership will further Lost&Found’s creative ability to foster both individual self-sufficiency and community resilience.”

The grant will support three objectives:

  • Piloting and testing new programs in evaluation services and training;
  • Increasing capacity to reach young adults with mental health peer support, resources, and advocacy on college campuses while also expanding Lost&Found’s reach to K-12 schools, community organizations, and employers; and
  • Identifying and developing sustainable revenue sources.

“Over the course of a year, we developed a strong connection to the work of the Dakota Foundation, and we couldn’t be more excited to see this partnership come to fruition,” said Erik Muckey, CEO and Executive Director of Lost&Found. “The foundation’s investment in actionable, effective mental health tools, research, and training delivered by Lost&Found is inspiring and certain to enhance mental health resource networks in South Dakota and the surrounding region.”

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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, 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.

The Dakota Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 by A. Bart Holaday to focus his philanthropic efforts on initiatives that foster social entrepreneurship. Its mission is to change lives by assisting people to achieve greater self-sufficiency for themselves and their families, providing them with tools to help them help themselves.

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Heidi Marttila-Losure
Communications Director