RISE TOGETHER is on a mission to prevent substance use and promote positive mental health.
To ignite a movement of hope that is saving lives.
Raising 1 million youth voices by educating, engaging, and empowering youth to use their voices for change through seminars, student-led activities, peer wellness coaching, and ambassadorship.
Since 2013, we have educated 200,000+ people by encouraging them to STAND UP and SPEAK OUT on issues that they care about most – BREAKING THE SILENCE around addiction and mental health.
The addiction crisis is at an all-time high. Today, addiction impacts more than 40 MILLION Americans; twice the number of people with cancer.
Addiction does not discriminate. Each year over 3.5 million people die from the harmful use of drugs and alcohol worldwide. In the United States, drug overdoses killed more than 72,000 people in the United States last year – a new record driven by the deadly opioid epidemic, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. The rising overdose numbers make the drug epidemic more deadly than gun violence, car crashes, or Aids, which have never killed as many people in a single year. It represents nearly 200 people dying from overdoses every day in 2019.
90% of those who STRUGGLE with addiction start BEFORE the age of 18. It’s a wonder why there isn’t a much bigger focus on prevention today.
By taking a proactive approach, we believe that substance use disorder is a preventable public health crisis. Through education and awareness, young people can reach out for support, take action, eliminate stigma, and create long-lasting change in their community that ultimately helps to save lives.