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There is no health without mental health – especially for our children.

This year, your investment in our Annual Fund will heal young minds by supporting the creation of the Foundation of Hope Child and Adolescent Anxiety and Mood Disorders Program (CHAAMP).

Our children are in crisis, and the Foundation of Hope is confronting this challenge head on.

In the past 30 years, there has been a scarcity of research into child and adolescent anxiety and mood disorders. CHAAMP intends to address this gap, providing brilliant researchers the means and opportunities to turn innovative ideas into tangible solutions for mental illness.

Our Annual Fund goal this year of $125,000 will kickoff the fundraising for our initial $1 million commitment to the UNC Department of Psychiatry for this transformative research Program.

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1 in 6 youth ages 6-17 experience a mental illness each year. Suicide rates are at an all-time high, and the global pandemic has only exacerbated this epidemic. We are seeing an unprecedented explosion in demand for pediatric mental health services. Children’s hospitals across the country are overrun with kids and teens experiencing depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts.

Without a doubt, there is a great need for research innovation. Creating a promising future for our country means ensuring all children have a fighting chance to lead healthy, productive lives.

That’s where CHAAMP comes in. Together, we’ll give families more hope than ever before.

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CHAAMP can – and will – address the alarming mental health crisis to change the trajectory of children’s lives.

The Big Plan

CHAAMP is the first of its kind in NC and will operate within the UNC Department of Psychiatry. The Program will conduct cutting-edge translational research to revolutionize understanding and treatment of child and adolescent anxiety and mood disorders.

100% of your dollars will support the Healing Young Minds fundraising initiative to help us reach our initial goal of $1 million for CHAAMP. This Program is a unique opportunity to expand our continuing mission to fund breakthrough seed research grants, as we have since 1984.

CHAAMP is recruiting a nationally known Scholar in child and adolescent anxiety and mood disorders to ensure that CHAAMP catalyzes innovation and sets the stage for future development of new research and researchers in this critical area.

Our goal is to create a state-of-the-art research program that expands our knowledge of the child and adolescent brain, creates new treatment protocols, and trains future generations of clinician-scientists. We believe CHAAMP will save thousands of lives.

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Samantha Meltzer-Brody
MD, MPH

Distinguished Professor and Chair, UNC Psychiatry

“We desperately need people working in this area or we risk losing this generation.”

Tye Hunt-Harrison
MD, MPH

Director of Mental Health Equity, UNC Psychiatry

“Kids are dealing with life and death situations. It’s a hard time to be an adolescent.”

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Meet Jordyn

Student, volunteer, stigma-buster.

“I didn’t have the tools to cope. My parents tried to help me, but I couldn’t think of any way for them to.”

Jordyn struggled with anxiety her entire life, but everything came crashing down on her in high school. She became extremely stressed and overwhelmed, with fear of failure and self-imposed pressure to do better. For several months, during her worst peak, she cried every night, constantly focused on everything going wrong, and endlessly envisioned scenarios of what else could go wrong in the future. Then COVID-19 entered the picture, isolating Jordyn from the outside world.

“It’s scary not knowing what’s going to happen next.”

Jordyn’s family knows all too well what can happen if someone doesn’t get the help they need. In 2015, their world was rocked when Jordyn’s cousin passed away due to suicide. The gravity of how it affected her entire family was lifechanging. So when Jordyn started spiraling downward, her parents recognized the critical need to find help. Unlike so many teens, Jordyn was lucky.

Initially, she was resistant to therapy due to the stigma. But after consistent trial and error with different therapists and medications, she finally found a working combination. She still worries about her friends, who struggle with mental issues and can’t get professional help because they lack emotional support from their families or don’t have financial resources.

That’s where the Foundation of Hope and CHAAMP comes in. As volunteers at the Walk each year, Jordyn and her family know it’s vital to fund research. Based on her experience, now she works to fight the stigma, and encourages her friends to seek help.

If no one tries to understand what teenagers are going through or funds research for it, it will be very detrimental to our mental health and suicide rates would be even higher than they are now. Kids need to hear that there isn’t something wrong with them… you are not alone.

Read Jordyn’s full Changemaker story.

The time is now. The need is unprecedented.

A story of healing like Jordyn’s is just the beginning of what’s possible with CHAAMP. Together, we’ll face this challenge and chart a new course to impact the futures of thousands of children.

A new day is dawning for our kids and teens struggling with mental illness, but we cannot launch CHAAMP without you. Give hope now, and help kickoff our initial $1 million commitment to this transformative research Program.

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