Pandemic Intensifies Growing Mental Health Crisis for Teens as National Suicide Prevention Month Begins

According to a just released study by Mental Health America 54% of 11–17-year-olds reported frequent suicidal thoughts or self-harm in the previous two weeks, the highest rate since screening began in 2014. As the oldest community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all the Mental Health Association of Central Florida ( is intensifying its recently launched You Are A Lifeguard suicide awareness campaign as a key part of its participation in National Suicide Prevention Month beginning September 1st.

Lifeguards are not just for the pool or beach

Did you know that suicide rates among children and teens. Over the past 10 years, has shown a nearly 51% increase with more recent developments, related to the pandemic over the past 16 months, showing evidence that COVID-19 is having profound mental health consequences for many people, particularly young people.

Welcome to our newest board member, Ariel Cavazos!

We are excited to welcome Ariel Cavazos, Associate at Nelson Mullins to our board! Cavazos brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, not only in the legal field, but also in marketing and beyond. We look forward to her contributions to our mission and growing our organization so we can continue to serve more people, every year.

Save the Date for next year’s Legacy of Champions Luncheon

Next year’s Legacy of Champions Luncheon will be taking place on May 25, 2022 at the Rosen Centre Orlando. The Luncheon serves as an opportunity for leaders in Central Florida’s government, healthcare, business and other communities to come together to honor community members who have truly made a difference in the mental health space.