UMatterYou were born with a purpose. You Matter!
UMatter is an initiative developed by Friendship Circle, an organization that provides support to those who experience social isolation, with a focus on individuals with special needs. UMatter helps teenagers experiencing mental health challenges refocus on life’s positivity. Our goal is to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health in our community, and to start conversations about things that matter: Ourselves, Peers, Teachers, Community, and Mental Health.
UMatter focuses on the “ups” of life and how to recognize them. If our program impacts even one life, it’s a success!
Middle & High School UMatter Clubs empower teens to spread the message that each individual matters. It’s a safe space where teens are encouraged to open up to each other and discuss the challenges they may face. Another focus, is to empower members to identify fellow teens (not present in the club) in need of a friend to talk to, so they can be there for them.
UMatter Week is a teen-led initiative that empowers teens to support their peers and friends, and encourages teens to recognize that there is strength in seeking help. The UMatter message is twofold: you, as a person, matter unconditionally, and you, as a person, matter to someone else.
This week-long campaign focuses on spreading the message that each individual matters through Hall Decorations, UMatter Moments, Creative Expression, and more.
“The very fact that you are here, in this place, at this time, and with these opportunities available to you, means that there is something to be done – something that only you can do, something of utmost importance to G-d.”
– The Rebbe