The Josh Anderson Foundation (JAF) is a non-profit organization working toward the day when no teenager turns to suicide as the answer. Josh Anderson was a 17-year old student-athlete who took his own life in March 2009. Despite having many resources available to him, Josh didn't honestly share his thoughts and feelings in order for him to get the help he needed. As a result, Josh's family created the Josh Anderson Foundation to provide adolescents like Josh, with the mental health education, resources and support they need so that suicide is never an option.
JAF spreads this support through its Our Minds Matter (OMM) program, which is a student-led club that helps change the school culture around mental health. Through group activities and school-wide promotion, our minds matter clubs encourage students to seek help for themselves and friends, promote social connectedness and the development of healthy habits and coping skills.