The YoCuz! Foundation and Kidz4Cuz! Showcase
"Bridging the Gap to Mental Health Awareness"
We are passionate and committed to our mission of Bridging the Gap to Mental Health Awareness. Our goal is to provide a network of critical resources including support systems, educational opportunities and wellness strategies to those who live with mental illness, and the devastating effects of suicide. We remain dedicated to dispelling the myths that surround this disease to ensure all who suffer have access to the treatment options they so desperately need.
None of this would be possible without our sponsors. Please visit their sites to learn more about them and support them whenever possible to show your appreciation:
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THANK YOU to everyone for your amazing support at our 4th Annual #BirdsBeerBuffet 2018 fundraiser. Our Birds may have lost but we had lots of winners and sent people home with HAPPY faces while raising a lot of money! We ALWAYS #PartyWithAPurposs as the Yo Cuz Foundation is all about shining a much needed spotlight on #MentalHealthAwareness and Suicide Prevention. It's an IMPORTANT cause that we feel so PASSIONATE about! It's OUR mission to help shine some light where there maybe darkness. THANK YOU to our TEAM, our board, and our families who worked tirelessly to ensure this event's successful return after missing a year due to our Founder/President Debra Michaels recent battle with cancer. THANK YOU to our amazing sponsors, this event doesn't work without your support. THANK YOU to our host venue Adelphia. We feel the LOVE from so many, and many more who have mailed in donations via check or donated online at www.yocuz.org. Our work is ongoing, especially during the holiday season. A time that's always filled with great anxiety and depression for many people who feel alone or may be struggling with some form of a mental illness. Coming this week, we will be announcing our annual #Kidz4Cuz Holiday Concerts, a FUN-filled night for the entire family #YouAreNotAlone #YoullNeverFaceTheWorldAlone 🌎#BridgingTheGapToMentalHealthAwareness
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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness
The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
On 100 beautiful acres in Northeast Philadelphia stands Friends Hospital, one of America’s oldest hospitals and the first private non-profit institution in the country, founded exclusively to help persons with mental illness.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Symptoms may include flashbacks and nightmares; emotional numbness and avoidance; difficulty sleeping and concentrating, feeling jumpy, and being easily irritated. Most people recover from their experiences, but people who have PTSD continue to be severely depressed and anxious for months—or even years—following the event.
A disorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs. More than 3 million US cases per year Each episode usually lasts days to weeks at a time. Episodes may occur several times a year or throughout the year.
Major Depressive Disorder:
Depression is more than just feeling sad or going through a rough patch. It’s a serious mental health condition that requires understanding, treatment and a good recovery plan. With early detection, diagnosis and a treatment plan consisting of medication, psychotherapy and lifestyle choices, many people get better. But left untreated, depression can be devastating, both for the people who have it and for their families.
Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions and relate to others. It is a complex, long-term medical illness, affecting about 1% of Americans.
A one night only spook-filled show for all ages featuring Drop The Mic! Inc. students in a Kidz4Cuz Showcase.
October 25, 2018 @ Our Chapel of Four Chaplains
A fundraising event for the Yo Cuz! Foundation in partnership with the Morris Animal Refuge. We debuted “You’ll Never Face the World Alone” with Kidz4Cuz. Buy the song May 12th!
May 6, 2017 @ Capitolo Park
"I've personally been affected by this disease. I lost a very close family member to suicide in a way you can't even imagine. I can not let another soul suffer or lose their battle with this devestating disease. BiPolar Disorder is what caused this deplorable event to happen in my life, so I made a promise to try to help others by sharing my story, my strength, and my hope, while educating anyone who is seeking help to manage mental illness. Many of us have been affected by this disease or know someone who has. We, or they, just don't talk about it enough, often times we don't even recognize the signs. My vow is to #StopTheVoices and #StopTheStigma ! I personally THANK YOU for your support.
-Debra Michaels, Founder, Yo Cuz! Foundation
You may mail your donation to the address below. Please make checks payable to “Yo Cuz Foundation” and include your contact information so we may send you a receipt.
YoCuz! Foundation, P.O. Box 144, Woodbury, NJ 08096
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If you need to reach the YoCuz administrative offices, please call us at the number below.
Note: This is not an Emergency Help Line. Please refer to the Resources section for Helpline information.