In a world oversaturated with misleading information and sensory input, it is difficult to make sense of what is valuable and reliable. There are constant demands on our wellbeing and attention constricting our happiness and ability to focus. These issues are compounded along with social pressures of high demands for constant production and performance. Our society dilutes the inherent sense of presence and curiosity that we are naturally endowed.
Evidence shows a rise in depression, anxiety, suicide and violence. According to the CDC, the suicide rate for girls ages 15-19 has doubled from 2007 to 2015; and has increased by 30% for boys in the same age range.
Data from the National Vital Statistics System, Mortality
From 1999 through 2014, the age-adjusted suicide rate in the United States increased 24%, from 10.5 to 13.0 per 100,000 population, with the pace of increase greater after 2006.
Suicide rates increased from 1999 through 2014 for both males and females and for all ages 10–74.
The percent increase in suicide rates for females was greatest for those aged 10–14, and for males, those aged 45–64.
MAY Founder, Agni Zotis took a personal interest in youth suffering when her son Francis, at age fourteen received two phone calls from friends, who were institutionalized after suicide attempts. Agni and Francis both realized that self-harm amongst youth had reached epidemic proportions. It is evident that this generation’s unmet emotional needs have to be addressed. Teaching youth applicable tools for emotional intelligence helps transform negative mindsets. MAY's mission is to create a more optimist outlook of life through empowering individuals to take action. MAY's a curriculum is developed by Agni's 30 years of experience and supported by youth, therapists, educators.
MAY grew out of the need for youth and educators to find their voice, strength, and sense of connection. MAY fosters wellness and community building. A core philosophy of MAY is mental and emotional literacy. Students and educators are empowered to find their truth and make sense of their environments. MAY cultivates gratitude, love and creativity with understanding of the self, others, the environment, including our earth. We enhance education as we believe these are fundamental skills for thriving in the modern world and creating a better quality of life.