#WeWereHere Project & Path2Purpose Partner Up to Make a Greater Impact

What is Path2Purpose?

Path 2 Purpose (P2P), a mental health campaign for youth ages 13-18, aims to teach teens to manage stress and beat the blues with mindfulness, stress-reduction, and relationship-building skills online. Drawing on two decades of research into adolescent depression, P2P uses digital media, toolkits, blog posts, and even comic books to help teens struggling with depression and anxiety cope, now also during the COVID crisis.

Why was the campaign started?

Earlier in the summer, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey of 5,412 young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 found that 25.5% of respondents reported having seriously considered suicide in the previous 30 days.
“We are seeing increases in depression, anxiety, and even suicide across the country as a result of the emotional and psychological impact of COVID,” explains Dr. Benjamin Van Voorhees, department head of pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Medicine and a principal investigator of the P2P research. “We hope that the P2P Campaign can reach youth online and through social media in areas where there is a lack of mental health resources—for example, rural communities and some neighborhoods in the inner-city.”

Why Partner?

#WWH & P2P Programs are both aiming to create a platform for teens to express themselves in a creative way while also being able to take off their stress due to this years' events!

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