“We are here…to meet students
where they are, when they need it.”
Lost&Found is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit social enterprise, headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD, that connects students with the tools and community for lifelong resilience.
Each year, our team of students, advisers, on- and off-campus partners, staff, volunteers and board members collaborate to set goals for meeting our mission. These goals help us convert purpose into reality as we seek our ultimate vision: eliminating suicide for young adults ages 15-34 in the United States.
When we work together, we can do more to help students take control of their mental health and live well.
We build resilient communities and people with compassion, understanding, and inclusion.
We envision a world in which no young adult contemplates or completes suicide. We also envision a world where tools and support for developing lifelong wellness are easily accessible.
Caring for others is at the core of who we are. Each member of our team possesses a deep concern for the well-being of others, and our lived experiences inform the way we seek to address suicide.
We must seek to understand the problem of suicide and relevant risk and protective factors. We also value understanding human behavior and how to best help individuals pursue lifelong wellness.
To help individuals and communities build resilience to suicide requires approaches that meet the needs of all within a community. Our mission demands that each person who comes into contact with L&F experiences a sense of belonging
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.
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.
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.
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.