CHOPRA FOUNDATION INITIATIVE
Suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst young adults.
Young adulthood is a critical time in a person’s life when they may experience great stress from multiple life changes like leaving high school, moving from home and beginning college. For the first time, suicide has surpassed car accidents as the No.1 cause of injury-related death in the United States. There has been a 30% increase in the number of suicides in the United States since 2001. (CDC, 2018)
As Deepak Chopra, MD says: ‘’Suicide is the second most common cause of death, among those aged 10-34 (NCHS, Data Brief June 2018*). The “Never Alone” movement aims to build communities to encourage and empower young adults to reach out to a friend who may be struggling with their mental health.
The goal of the movement is to reduce the stigma and allowing people to know they are not alone, build communities of wellbeing where people can speak about it and enable them with the tools to work through it.
The campaign aims to bring together a coalition of mental health charities and initiatives in order to provide support for people affected by mental illness, along with raising awareness and tackling stigma.
Deepak Chopra partners with social entrepreneur Poonacha Machaiah, actress and humanitarian, Gabriella Wright, and director Michel Pascal to raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental wellbeing through their global movement as part of the Chopra Foundation’s ongoing mission for global wellbeing.
Through the support of donations to Chopra Foundation – NeverAlone campaign, the team aims to raise funds for the ongoing support of the global campaign and provide content, platform and tools to champion activities on both online and real-time communities. The campaign aims to foster ambassadors in communities who can champion grass root initiatives and be the voice for young adults, provide content/resources with information on warning signs, conversation starters, and tips on how to sustain a conversation around mental wellness.
A soon to be released film to raise awareness on suicide prevention and mental wellness
Gabriella, a Mother and meditation teacher for prisoners at Amity Foundation LA, comes back from work on a “normal day” and finds her 16 year old son hanging in his room.
Life changed in an instant.
Gabriella wants to understand what was going on in her son’s mind. She meets Deepak Chopra and asks all the most difficult questions. How to explain suicide, how to detect suicide? How can we keep living afterward, and is it possible to transform the pain? How?
His answers are a fascinating bridge between ancient wisdom and the latest scientific discoveries. Deepak Chopra’s part in the film is not acting – he opens all his heart and shares his wisdom with a universal simplicity accessible to all audiences.
Song ” I Am Never Alone”
Michel Pascal is an exceptional singer, that uses his voice as medicine. He partnered with some of the most legendary musicians of America like Verdine White co-founder of Earth Wind And Fire, written by Deepak Chopra and Gabriella Wright.