At the 34th National Convention, two new Project I.M.P.A.C.T. (Individuals Making Progress Across Communities Together) areas were elected by vote of the membership. The areas for this biennium are Anti-Bullying & Suicide Prevention and Invisible Disabilities & Disease.
Review the list of past Project IMPACT areas
Invisible Disabilities and Disease
Invisible disabilities and diseases are physical, mental or neurological conditions that limit a person's movements, senses, or activities and are invisible to the onlooker. Suffering goes unseen so others think a person is much healthier than they are. Modern medicine does not know what is biologically causing all the physical suffering due to neuro-immune diseases. The term "invisible disability"
refers to symptoms such as debilitating pain, fatigue, dizziness, cognitive dysfunctions, brain injuries, learning differences and mental health disorders, as well as hearing and vision impairments. The very fact that these symptoms are invisible can lead to misunderstandings, false perceptions and judgments.
Anti-Bullying and Suicide Prevention
Bullying is defined under multiple categories including, but not limited to: direct, indirect, cyber, and social. It is the act of seeking to harm or intimidate others and affects as many as 1 in 3 youth. Bullying is also directly linked to suicide attempts and suicidal behavior among both youth and adults. There are programs in place to increase awareness and prevent bullying and suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in youth and young adults and the tenth leading cause for all Americans. According to federal data, this is the highest it has been since WWII.