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Minding your mind helps students recognize warning signs of mental illness Empowering students to be advocates for themselves and their peers New Pennsylvania law aims to protect child victims of cyber bullying

Minding Your Mind

Every 12 minutes, one person in the U.S. dies by suicide, and nine out of every 10 of those individuals have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10-24.

Minding Your Mind is working with students across the country to change these statistics, reduce the stigma, and move from a crisis-based response to prevention through education.


Following a student's suicide more than a decade ago, English teacher Joe Vulopas rallied his students at Cocalico High School in Lancaster County to raise awareness. They formed an organization called Aevidum, a word the students invented to mean "I've got your back."


The face of bullying has changed with more and more students facing round-the-clock cyber bullying and harassing text messages and social media posts. That's one reason why state lawmakers enacted a new law last summer making cyber harassment of a child a third-degree misdemeanor in Pennsylvania.

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