My name Is Torri Shack, I am the Founder and President of Tangible Movement.
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that was formed to inspire, educate and provide support for youth and young adults who are struggling with depression, addiction, sexual and gender identity issues and abuse.
Below are some statistics about Depression, Suicide, Sexual and Gender Identity Issues and Abuse as it relates to High School and College Students.
- Worldwide 10-20% of children and adolescents experience mental disorders. Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14 and three-quarters by mid-20’s.
- Depression increases a teen’s risk of suicide 12 times.
- 30 percent of teens with depression also develop a substance abuse problem.
- In the U.S.- Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for young people age 14-25.
- One in seven young Australians experience a mental health condition
- More than a third of teenage girls in England suffer from depression and anxiety.
- According to a study published in 1996 by the CDC we now know that 1.3 million kids, or 8% of all high school students in America identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual (GLB).
- 18% Of GLB students have reported being raped at some point in their life which is three times rate of straight students.
- GLB students were twice as likely to be bullied, both online and on school property.
- GLB Students were twice as likely to stay home to avoid being bullied.
- 30% of GLB students have attempted suicide, more than four times the rate of straight students.
- 60% of GLB students reported feeling “sad or hopeless,” twice the rate of their straight peers.
Now that you have the hard facts in front of you, do you know how to effectively deal with these issues? It has been proven that identification with another person that has gone through the same or similar circumstances is one of the best ways to offer hope.
I would like to come speak at your school and share my experience, strength and hope as it relates to the above issues. I was the statistic, at 14 years old I was diagnosed severely depressed and I started cutting and using drugs and alcohol. At age 15 I was admitted to my first psychiatric institution for attempted suicide. At 17 I was admitted to my first drug and alcohol treatment center and I was kicked out of high school for fighting. I felt different, I felt hopeless, I felt alone.
Over the years I would get a small amount of time sober only to relapse again and again until I ended up broke and homeless. I was not properly medicated so my bi-polar depression had me by in a strangle hold.
Over the last 7 years I have put my life back together, I am now properly medicated, I have been sober and free from my eating disorder for the last 7 years, my career has taken be all over the world working with some of the biggest names in the music business. I have traveled the world with some of the biggest names in the music business. Now I am dedicating my life to helping youth and young adults who are battling the same daemons that have plagued me.
I want to share about the tools I use to alleviate the symptoms of depression. I want to de-stigmatize mental illness by opening up a dialogue with your students. I want them to know that they are not alone and that they can live a “normal” life regardless of what they are currently struggling with at the moment. I want them to know and understand and believe there is a solution.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book me as a speaker.
In good Health,