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Changing the stigma

around mental health

Our Minds Matter (OMM)  is a school-based, student led suicide prevention club. Currently there are more than 85+ OMM clubs, primarily in area high schools throughout Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland. Since 2012, Our Minds Matter has worked with over 100,000 students globally, expanded

to over 75 clubs and grown to be the leading provider of adolescent peer-to-peer mental health programming in the DMV.

Based on recent research, OMM has been  proven to 

* reduce stigma

* increase help-seeking behaviors,

* promote social connectedness, and

* encourage self-care and healthy habits. 

OMM employs staff to guide each school 

through the process of starting a club, provide

materials and resources to facilitate OMM meetings, and provide phone support and technical

assistance as needed. Check out the program at www.ourmindsmatter.org. 

In addition to being a powerful suicide prevention tool for young adults, OMM is offered free of

charge to high schools.

 

Funding for the program in Montgomery County, Maryland  is provided solely by

The Devon C. Rubenstein Foundation. 

Introducing

the

A fantastic opportunity for MCPS high school seniors

who are OMM club members!

 

Thanks to the generosity of the Meltzer Family: 

Alan, Amy, Jennifer, Edward, Elizabeth, Max, Tai, Mark & Kerry,

DCRF will be awarding an annual $12,000 Educational Scholarship  

The Laurence M. Meltzer Scholarship 

in memory of their brother/uncle who died by suicide in 2008. 

This scholarship will be awarded for the first time in June  2021!

Those interested should plan to submit their application on April 15, 2021.

 

Requirements, rules & instructions

will be posted here on January 15, 2021. 

 Spotlight

2020

 

 OMM & DCRF

are featured on NBC's 

Harris' Heroes 

MoCo High School

Active Clubs

(listings in chronological order

according to date club was established)

Quince Orchard   9.19

Blair.   7.20

Watkins Mill   7.20

Richard Montgomery   7.20

Northwest   8.20

Kennedy   8.20

Blake   8.20

Whitman   8.20

Bethesda/Chevy Chase.  9.20

Rockville  10.20

Seneca Valley - TBD

Magruder - TBD

Springbrook - 11.12

Clarksburg - 11.20

Jeanne  McCormack, School Psychologist 

Quince Orchard High School/Gaithersburg, MD

Recipient of 2019 Maryland State

School Psychologist of the Year Award

   I wanted to just reiterate again what a wonderful experience it has been working with Our Minds Matters at QO! The program manager, Laura Beth is truly amazing and provides you with EVERY resource you could possibly need to start the club and help it thrive! I am so excited to see what QO does with the club next year and hope that we get a club at EVERY High School in MCPS so we can coordinate leadership efforts across the county to spread awareness, build coping skills, and break the stigma around mental illness together . . . 

A Powerful Testimonial

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The Devon C. Rubenstein Foundation, Inc. ("DCRF") is recognized as a public charity under IRS Code Section 509(a) and is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 83-2564580. Donations to DCRF are tax deductible. Donors should contact their tax advisor for questions regarding deductibility.

A copy of the DCRF determination letter and Form 990 return is available upon request.