April 18th, 2019. Click Here for a PDF friendly version.
Project Silence No More to Help Fully Fund Suicide Prevention Training Program For Johnston Community School District
JOHNSTON, IA— Project Silence No More is thrilled to announce our donation of $2,500 to the Johnston Community School District for its suicide prevention training program, Sources of Strength. Project Silence No More is partnering with the Cameron Carico Foundation, who is also donating $2,500, to fully fund the program. “I am excited to help students feel empowered to tackle issues surrounding suicide, depression, and mental health. This donation continues the much needed conversation surrounding mental health in the Johnston Community, and I’m grateful to be part of this work” says Marcus Miller, a co-founder of Project Silence No More and 2015 graduate of Johnston High School.
Sources of Strength is a research based program that equips peer leaders with tools to improve the connections between peers and promote help-seeking behaviors. Project Silence No More initially pledged to donate $500, plus $65.20 based off social media interactions with its followers. However, after discussing this program with the board, the Johnston Community School District, and the Cameron Carico Foundation, Project Silence No More determined that the Sources of Strength program is incredibly needed and valuable for Johnston students.
The collaboration between Project Silence No More, the Cameron Carico Foundation, and the Johnston Community School district underscores a key point: mental health wellness is a community wide effort. Co-founder and 2015 JHS alum Tristan Coaldrake states, “Being able to fund this program never would have been possible without the support of the Johnston community and the many donors who have helped us this far. We will never be able to thank the community and donors enough for providing us with the opportunity to help fund this program.”
Project Silence No More continues this conversation surrounding mental health by continuously investing in the Johnston Community. Our second annual mental health awareness concert is on July 13th at 6pm at Terra Park. We also award a $500 scholarship to a graduating senior wishing to pursue a career in the mental health profession. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by the April 28th deadline. Project Silence No More also recently brought on three interns to assist us during the summer, providing them with an opportunity to gain real-world experience in a collaborative environment. To learn more about our organization, get involved, or donate, please visit our website at www.projectsilencenomore.org or follow us on social media @prjctsnm.