Everyone Summits: #findYOURsummit
Everyone Summits is a volunteer fundraising initiative driven by a passion to raise awareness for the life-saving work of The Jed Foundation (JED). Now, you can participate in this same initiative on an individual basis through finding YOUR own Summit.
In this time of staying home and staying safe while many of us are working from home, we know that connecting with others and maintaining physical and mental health helps us cope with stress and anxiety, and protects our immune systems. What if you could do this while also doing something good to support JED?
JED’s Everyone Summits: #findYOURsummit initiative is a way to do just that. Choose your own summit as your goal and participate virtually on Sunday, May 31. Leading up to the virtual summit, you’ll recruit friends and family to support your summit.
Here’s how to get involved
- Step 1: Sign up for the Summit by Registering Here
- You can sign up as:
- A team Captain
- An individual
- Join an existing team
- Join the All JED team if you wish to be on a team but do not know where to start
- Choose your summit! Go for a hike, run a 5k inside or on a treadmill, go for a family bike ride, do a one-hour H.I.I.T. class, take a chair yoga class, take your dog for a long walk… really, you can do anything that gets your blood pumping!
- You can sign up as:
- Step 2: Create Awareness and then Fundraise. Check out the Everyone Summits social media guide and use the pre-made posts to connect with your contacts.
- Step 3: Reach YOUR Summit. Share your excitement for the Everyone Summits campaign using the pre-made countdown posts. On Sunday, May 31, Everyone Summits! Throughout the day, share YOUR summit by tagging @thejedfoundation and #findYOURsummit on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.
Thank you for your drive, passion, and determination to help those that need your help, now more than ever.
There are many ways to support our participants and contribute to JED’s important work. Partnership opportunities include:
- Donate: Donate in-kind goods for fundraising incentive gifts for our participants.
- Event Promotion: Help us drive registration through social media.
- Corporate Team: Engage your employees and their families by starting a corporate team.
Why Are We Doing This?
JED’s Model for Comprehensive Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention is a comprehensive approach that is the foundation of all of our programs. This framework is based on what is known about how to decrease risk factors and increase protective factors for mental health and suicide among adolescents, college students, and the general population. Many aspects of the comprehensive approach are seen directly in exercise, no matter what form. For example, when taking on a challenging climb or hike, or trying to reach a goal of doing 100 push ups, it is likely that you will need to check in with your peers and see how everyone is doing and also to seek motivation from others.
These behaviors directly relate to JED’s comprehensive approach by encouraging help-seeking, help giving, and promoting resilience and social connectedness. Social connectedness is a factor that helps protect people from emotional issues. Research has shown that loneliness and isolation are significant risk factors for mental health problems and/or suicidal behavior. Therefore, supportive social relationships and feeling connected to campus, community, family, and friends are protective factors that can help lower risk. When you are exercising, you become connected with others whether in person or virtually.
About The Jed Foundation
JED is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.