The Younique Foundation is participating in the first-ever Mental Health Action Day on May 20 held in coordination with National Mental Health Month. The Foundation is joining more than 500 nonprofits, national brands, government agencies, and cultural leaders to bring awareness to mental health. 

“It’s not a coincidence that 85 percent* of child sexual abuse survivors have at least one diagnosed mental health problem by age 30,” said Shelaine Maxfield, President of The Younique Foundation. “And it’s not a coincidence that child sexual abuse survivors are three times more likely to attempt suicide and that nearly 30 percent** attempt suicide at least once before age 30.”

As part of Mental Health Action Day, the Foundation is encouraging survivors to take mental health action for themselves and take advantage of the healing resources available at youniquefoundation.org.

“The Younique Foundation’s online resources offer mental health support through our education tools and practices designed to help decrease trauma-related symptoms of child sexual abuse,” said Betsy Kanarowski, director of Clinical Services. “Our Finding Hope Support Groups provide a safe space to build community with other survivors while learning ways to manage the effects of trauma.”

The Foundation has support groups in 11 countries offered in English, German, French, and Spanish.

References:
*Fergusson, D. M., McLeod, G. F. H., & Horwood, L. J. (2013). Childhood sexual abuse and adult developmental outcomes: Findings from a 30-year longitudinal study in New Zealand. Child Abuse & Neglect, 37(9), 664-674.
**Angelakis, I., Gillespie, E.L., & Panagioti, M. (2019). Childhood maltreatment and adult suicidality: A comprehensive systematic review with meta-analysis. Pyschological Medicine, 49(07),1057-1078.