The Big O Foundation raises awareness for mental health and suicide prevention

The Big O Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that makes a difference in the lives of people struggling with mental health issues.

Setbacks are comebacks for people who want to be great”

—Owen Skelley

NORTH LIBERTY, IOWA, USA, Aug. 10, 2022 / — Mental health issues can encompass many conditions, but they all have one thing in common: they impact personality, thinking and a person’s ability to connect with others. Unlike physical ailments, they can be difficult to identify. Twenty percent of Americans have a mental disorder and five percent have a problem serious enough to interfere with education, employment or other elements of daily life, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. The Big O Foundation aims to support young people with mental health issues through timely awareness and help.

Mental health disorders are generally misunderstood and stigmatized, resulting in many people suffering in silence. However, certain symptoms may indicate a mental health problem. For example, anxiety, mood disorders, impulse control, chronic stress, and various other issues can be mental illness. Also, there may be something wrong with a loved one if they have uncontrollable thoughts, unexplained mood swings, disinterest in socializing or other activities, lack of empathy or the ability to recognize the difference between fact and fiction. . Therefore, mental health awareness is essential for people to better understand mental health disorders and improve access to health care for those who need it.

The stigma associated with mental illness can be overcome by acknowledging and educating others about the illness. As a society, we need to talk openly about mental health issues to dispel myths and stigma, and encourage those who suffer to seek help and build support networks. For example, asking someone “how are you feeling today?” could help the person get out of the mental conundrum. Additionally, organizations such as AFSP, NAMI, and the Big O Foundation work to improve mental health and suicide prevention through frontline counselors and dedicated helplines for people with mental health issues. of mental health.

Although the hustle and bustle of modern life has robbed people of time and supported causes that affect society as a whole, even a small contribution, volunteering or donation to mental health awareness can help save someone. one in need.

Interested people can get involved in different ways: by wearing a purple headband (the color of mental health awareness), by asking colleagues, friends and loved ones about their problems, by helping someone struggling with a mental health issue and by volunteering for an organization like The Big O Foundation that works to raise awareness about mental health and connect with people working on the issue. This 501(c)(3) charity also launched the Big O Award for students. Students nominated for this award must be actively involved in extracurricular or club activities, demonstrate a commitment to others above their interests and goals, be open to people from all walks of life, and be respectful.

People can make a difference; no one needs to suffer in silence. Dealing with mental health issues is difficult, but that doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. Seek help through dedicated helplines: 1-800-273-8255 and 988 can help people going through emotional distress or a suicidal crisis to seek help from qualified counselors and find support.

About the Big O Foundation
The Big O Foundation was established by Jennifer and Joe Skelley in memory of their son Owen Eugene Skelley, who passed away on March 3, 2022. The foundation’s goals include educating the public about mental health issues and providing support. personal assistance to people in need. Everyone is encouraged to get involved, donate or volunteer. Any financial or time contribution is greatly appreciated and required. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Big O Foundation is exempt from federal income tax. Generous donations to 501(c)(3) organizations solely for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes are eligible for a tax deduction.

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