Let’s Erase the Stigma
Why do we run?
Do you know the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24?
The answer is suicide.
Out of 100,000 kids…
…20.5 of those ages 10 to 24 will die by suicide in just 1 year (that we know of). For every completed suicide, there are another 11 attempts that we don’t hear about. Many others aren’t reported. Why? STIGMA.
There is something you can do to stop this travesty. Help kids have a voice to help other kids and save a life. Just as a marathon or half marathon is a very long race, LETS youth are also on a difficult race: to erase the stigma of mental illness. Let’s invite kids to talk openly–and without stigma–about issues like teen suicide, bullying, eating disorders, self-harm, and mental health concerns. And now that we’re talking…let’s run! We run because it’s fun, and we run because it matters!
LETS works. LETS can’t do this alone. LETS needs a team…
For complete program information please visit Let’s Run!
If you join Team LETS SF Marathon 2012 and raise:
…at least $100 you will receive a Let’s Run race shirt.
…at least $250 you will receive a Let’s Run water bottle.
…at least $500 LETS Educational Foundation will reimburse your race registration fee. **Including the SOLD OUT First Half Marathon!
…at least $700 LETS will recognize you on their website. (Famous!)
…at least $900 and LETS Educational Foundation will reimburse your participation in the San Francisco Marathon Training Program. (optional)
…at least $1000 you will receive an awesome athlete certificate and Let’s Run medal.
…at least $1500 you will receive a LETS engraved iPod Touch.
Let’s make a difference together.
LETS is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) children’s charity dedicated to erasing the stigma of mental illness by funding and developing educational programs, mentoring opportunities, and research possibilities designed to empower youth to change the perception of mental illness. Your participation will directly support LETS Clubs in middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities–where students can discuss stigma, learn about mental health, plan and lead their own stigma-erasing projects, and provide peer-to-peer education in their communities.
How much does a secret weigh?
Every time we see a teen suicide, bullying incident, eating disorder, or youth tragedy in the news, it breaks someone’s heart–like yours or mine–as we wonder, how can we help? But far more telling than what we see in the headlines is what remains unspoken. One family is thinking, “We never saw this coming.” One teacher is thinking, “That happened here, too.” One friend is thinking, “I hope it wasn’t my fault.” One leader is thinking, “Good thing we don’t have those problems here.” One health care provider is thinking, “We did the best we could.” And thousands of kids are thinking, “I’m going through the same thing…but I can’t tell anyone.”
Please support our exciting race for kids by running with Team Let’s Run in the San Francisco Marathon or sharing a donation.
Want to help raise money for LETS? Its easy!
Step 1: Register for the race
Step 2: Join the team on Crowdrise
Step 3: Start Fundraising!
Once you’ve joined our team on Crowdrise, our fundraising coordinator will contact you with more information.
Questions? Email [email protected]