Team work makes the community work.
Today’s college student faces heightened risk for depression and suicide. Why?
• Few programs actively help young adults develop protective factors against suicide.
• Counseling centers face unprecedented demand for services with limited resources.
These complex issues require clear, deliberate, and localized solutions. Left unchecked, depression and suicide will continue to wreak havoc on our next generation—and our communities. We cannot let these issues pass by us without taking action.
That is why Lost & Found believes in collaborative, holistic approaches to addressing the challenges facing today’s students. We believe that leveraging the power of community to solve these problems will net better, more sustainable results. We recognize that these issues look and feel differently for each student, each campus, and each state.
Our team strives to provide expert guidance—through our own efforts or through our partners—while helping local leaders develop the skills, tools, and relationships to make a difference on their campus. By working together, we are more capable of helping young adults live well.
Lost & Found meets its mission through three areas of work:
Student leaders, supported by a local chapter adviser and Association staff, operate campus-recognized chapters. Chapters host awareness programming, connect peers and campus leaders with training, advocate for mental health policy improvements, and provide direct peer support for students struggling with poor mental health.
Our model focuses on helping students develop their own resilience prior to helping peers—and their community—develop resilience. Get involved today by contacting one of our current chapters.
CAMPUS RESEARCH & PROGRAM SUPPORT
Lost & Found partners with college campus counseling centers to conduct needs assessments, reviews of campus resilience indicators, and custom research projects as requested by campus leadership. Through this support, campus counseling centers can better identify student needs and implement effective strategies for improving campus mental health.
By pairing research and program support with student-led efforts, Lost & Found fills a crucial gap in the campus mental health support network. Learn more about what we can do for your campus by contacting us today.
TRAINING, ADVOCACY, AND CAPACITY BUILDING
The prime function of Lost & Found is linking students, campus counseling professionals, and a variety of campus and community stakeholders through joint campus advisory boards. We don’t stop there; we actively seek to help communities and regions develop better systems and collaborations to end suicide for young adults.
Lost & Found provides a variety of validated training (e.g., Mental Health First Aid), advocates for policy and program changes that improve youth mental health outcomes, and provides guidance that can ensure your community remains resilient for the long-term. Learn more about what we can do for your community by contacting us today.