[UPDATE] As of the end of the Fall 2017 semester, the LRJ Foundation has educated a total of 25,608 students on mental health issues and awareness, with 80% of the student population from middle school and high schools.
During the 2016-2017 school year, the LRJ Foundation experienced a 96% increase (rising from 27 to 53) in the presentations it provided to students, teachers, corporations and the community over the previous academic year.
What this demonstrates is the increasing need for education and assistance with mental health issues among our youth and within society. Obstacles such as social acceptance, environmental factors and even inherited genetic traits contribute to a complex network of mental health issues that make it difficult for individuals to manage on their own. Learning how to be better stewards of our own mental health and how to support those struggling with issues around us is important now more than ever.
The rise in demand for mental health education also indicates that the stigma historically associated with it is beginning to fade. Schools, organizations and the community are prioritizing mental health education because the costs of avoiding these issues have proven to be too high.