The African American young adult population is being hit disproportionately hard in terms of mental health issues and the disturbing trend is exploding in the wrong direction.
Major depressive episodes increased by over 30% year-to-year amongst young adults 18-25 (6.1% to 9.4%).
- Suicidal thoughts, plans, and attempts are also rising among Black and African American young adults aged 18-25.
- 9.5% (439,000) had serious thoughts of suicide in 2018 compared to only 6% (277,000) in 2008.
- 3.6% (166,000) made-a-plan in 2018, compared to 2.1% (96,000) in 2008.
- 2.4% made-an-attempt (111,000) in 2018, compared to 1.5% (70,000) in 2018.
MEET THE TEAM
Co-Founder and Student Ambassador for Arc12, Noah is a senior at Howard University majoring in Communications. Active in campus life, Noah serves on the Leadership Council of Jack & Jill for America and is active in conversations with all communities in-regards to branding, networking, and mental health issues.
Mark Thierry is a serial entrepreneur from Houston, Texas. Since 2001, he has been the genius behind the launch, development and growth of many well-known (and unknown) brands across a variety of industries: medical device, federal procurement, staffing services, diagnostic testing facilities, sport goods, consumer, and wine & beverage.
For over 30 years, Bernstein has either built or represented the nation’s biggest African American media and/or entertainment brands/talent. No single individual has built and/or executed more successful Inspirational/Urban programs, especially those requiring TLC and cutting-edge techniques. Hence, Bernstein ensures that the content and business needs of this initiative will always be handled in a first-class manner.
Joe Clair, host, comedian, radio personality and on-air veteran is no stranger when it comes to Washington, D.C. This native of Seat Pleasant, MD is the current host of WPGC’s 95.5 – “Joe Clair Morning Show”, taking the morning airwaves by storm and making the drive to work much more enjoyable for listeners across the DMV. Joe Clair is a multifaceted entertainer with a career spanning two decades.
Dr. Michael Scimeca has been practicing in the field of wellness since 1993 with an almost incomprehensibly successful track record. Focused on healing mind, body, and soul through pioneering techniques. Dr. Michael created industry-leading psycho-technologies and cutting-edge concepts like “Forward Healing” inspired to improve the ever-emerging person and help them to tap into their dynamic potentiality. He coined himself a “Greaterness Coach,” and has proven skills that empower and motivate patients to organically grow into happiness and actively engage in life.