Start THE Conversation | Reverse An Attitude | SAVE A LIFE!
Attitudes In Reverse® (AIR) aims to save young people’s lives by educating them about mental health and suicide prevention.
In just over three years, AIR Heroes have visited schools in three states, and have presented to over 14,000 students. We have saved young lives through education. We will go anywhere we are invited, as long as we have the funding to go. Do YOU have a connection with a school and would like to bring a mental health and suicide prevention program to your students? Please let us know by contacting us. We are 100% volunteer! Not one of our AIR Heroes receives any salary for the work they do. Many invest their free time so they can help other people’s children. If you would like to make a donation please visit our donation page OR mail check to Attitudes In Reverse, PO Box 3127, Princeton, NJ 08543. Thank you all for being a part of our important mission!
- It is I who should be thanking you! The presentation brought a few students to Guidance, all of whom decided it was time to talk. We took it one step further with one senior girl who is having suicide ideations. She will be getting treatment immediately.Principal
- During my time as Executive Director of the Governor's Council on Mental Health Stigma, I personally witnessed the power of the AIR program, and its positive impact on young people. It was palpable, it was real, and there is no doubt in my mind that it made a difference in the lives of every participant, not just students, but parents and faculty as well.Celina Gray
Acting Director of the NJ Governor's Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse; Former Executive Director of the NJ Governor's Council on Mental Health Stigma
- Attitudes In Reverse® has provided our students with a most important resource. Due to the work of the AIR volunteers, our students know that they are not alone. They learn that the stigma associated with mental illness need not close them off from normal functioning….from happiness. There are people out there who will listen and help them when all seems lost. AIR tells them that they can…that they deserve the help they need. Mrs. Baker has related to me emails from our students thanking them for opening their eyes to the resources available, and perhaps more importantly, how to be that good listener for others. We hope to continue our relationship with AIR in the future for the benefit of our students.Michael Zapicchi
Principal, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North
- AIR's presentation in my high school building received overwhelming support from both faculty and students. Its message regarding erasing mental illness stigma and letting students know it's okay to ask for help seemed to break down the barriers as several students came up after each presentation to ask for more information. Faculty members, including teachers, guidance counselors and administrators, have requested AIR to come back and present again. I look forward to continuing my relationship with AIR and helping our students get the support they need to achieve overall health and wellness.Julie Schick
Director of Athletics, Health & Physical Education & Nurses at Perth Amboy Public Schools
- The Attitudes in Reverse® Coming Up for AIR™ program highlighted some myths and facts about mental illness. The AIR presentation asked students to choose celebrities they felt had struggled with mental illness; the presentation then highlighted the successful paths and varied history of many famous people. Tricia Baker also told the students about the struggles they had witnessed within their own family; she shared their personal struggles with her son's suicide, as well as others' reactions to his passing away. This personal revelation touched a chord in many of the students and staff at Schor. Students appeared interested in the program and it brought to light concerns that encouraged the students to reach out to the counseling department. AIR's presentation creates a comprehensive picture of mental health. AIR volunteers work to make sure that students are aware that many people struggle with mental illness and that there are many people to whom the students can reach out to ask for help. I think that this is a great presentation for 7th and 8th graders.Kaitlin G. Gonzales, Psy.M
Behaviorist/School Psychologist Theodore Schor Middle School
- I currently live in Macon, Georgia and teach psychology courses at a technical college. I hope to utilize my own passion for mental health advocacy by bringing the AIR program to Georgia. Each semester I tell my students about AIR, and some have shared with me their own personal stories in relation to AIR's message. When students began to open up I felt first hand power of AIR's message. My hope is that one day the AIR program will not only be in every state across the US, but also help people worldwide to understand the complications and pain of suicide and mental illness.Karen Jolley
Masters in Family Studies, Mercer University Psychology; Professor, Central Georgia Technical College