Help us win $25,000 for COPES for Kids through the State Farm Neighborhood Assist® grant program.
Fourteen-year-old Julia was scared, exhausted and depressed. She didn’t have many friends at school and felt isolated. She couldn’t handle the pain she was feeling anymore. However, her mother noticed her behavioral changes and contacted COPES for Kids. COPES, a program of Family & Children’s Services (F&CS), provides support for adults and children in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. They soothed Julia’s distress and connected her to help.
Today, Julia shares her story with others to let other people who are struggling know that they are not alone.
The risk of suicide among young people may be far more common that most people realize. In Oklahoma, suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth ages 10-24. More than 31 percent of American high school students report experiencing persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, and more than 17 percent of high school students report they have seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year.
The success of COPES for Kids has generated the attention the State Farm Neighborhood Assist® grant program, who selected F&CS as one of the Top 200 Finalists in the country.
And like a good neighbor, you can help as well by voting for Family & Children’s Services (F&CS) starting from midnight on Wednesday, Aug. 14 until Friday, Aug. 23. The 40 causes with the most votes will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 25 and will each win a $25,000 grant from State Farm. We need you to rally behind our cause, cast your vote and help us win!
Participants must be 18 years of age or older with a valid email address. The link to vote for Family & Children’s Services is https://www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/2023345. You can vote up to 10 times a day.
The State Farm Neighborhood Assist® is a program that awards $25,000 grants to 40 different causes across the United States. State Farm is focusing on three key areas selected nonprofit organizations can do to help improve neighborhoods in their areas: Education, Safety and Community Development.
Family & Children’s Services, the largest behavioral health non-profit organization in Oklahoma, works to heal hurting and abused children, strengthen families, and provide hope and path to recovery for those dealing with serious mental illness and addiction. Since 1921, we have been the place to turn for help with problems that see too overwhelming to handle alone. Programs are offered through a network of 9 convenient office locations and co-locations with numerous community partners throughout the Tulsa metro area. FCS serves more than 1 in 6 Tulsans year and is a Tulsa Area United Way partner agency, a certified community mental health center of ODMHSAS and accredited by Council on Accreditation. For more information, visit our website at www.fcsok.org or call 918.587.9471.