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CHADS mission is to save young lives by advancing the awareness and prevention of depression and suicide. Learn more about CHADS here. Learn about how your donation will help below. Contributions to CHADS may be tax deductible.

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Donate via mail: Send donations to
P.O. Box 510528 
Saint Louis, MO 63151
make checks payable to CHADS Coalition for Mental Health

Did you know:

  • 1 out of 8 teenagers have clinical depression.
  • We lose more youth to suicide than the top 6 causes of medical deaths combined.
  • Half of all mental illnesses begin by age 14.
  • Many youth will begin to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol resulting in dual diagnosis of substance abuse and depression.
  • The earlier depression is treated, the better the chance for a recovery.
  • In spite of the number of youth that have depression or that will die by suicide, just a sliver of our national research budget is dedicated to study children with early onset mood disorders.

How will your donation make a difference in the life of a child?:

  • $10 will cover one student that was bullied to be included in CHADS support group services for 30 min.
  • $25 will cover the cost of the CHADS office utilities for two weeks.
  • $50 will cover the cost of a student that is bullying to have 30 min. of one on one CHADS mentoring.
  • $100 will cover the cost of one hour of family support for a parent that has a child dealing with mental health issues.
  • $200 will cover the cost of a Signs Of Suicide presentation for group of middle, high school or college students.
  • $500 will cover the cost of one child’s MRI for CHADS funded research by Dr Luby. Dr. Luby’s research has developed a novel kind of parent-child play therapy used to treat preschool age children diagnosed with depression. This therapy has demonstrated effectiveness in both observed reduction of symptoms and in before and after brain imaging, indicating that the therapy may be changing the way the child’s brain functions.
  • Priceless: the value of one life saved from the fatal outcome of mental illness-suicide.