Deepak Chopra and Friends Announce Global Grassroots Movement for Mental Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention

Deepak Chopra, a world leader in meditation, spirituality and integrative medicine, is announcing a GoFundMe campaign to bring awareness to suicide prevention and mental wellbeing through a global movement called “NeverAlone”. The first milestone in this movement is a public awareness film called “The Offering. Chopra and his team aim to raise $200K to continue production on the film which follows Gabriella Wright, playing the role of a mother who comes home from work and finds her 16-year-old son hanging in his room. But what comes next is everything: Gabriella seeks to understand what was going on in her son’s mind. She meets with Deepak Chopra and asks all the most difficult questions to understand how such a tragedy could have transpired – could it have been prevented? What went wrong and when? And now what to do with her grief?

The mission of the film is to engage the community in the “NeverAlone” movement via a global platform to provide people access to curated and reliable content, service and support in their local communities and a platform for connectivity to at-risk individuals in order to identify and treat those in emotional distress, and provide a support system through friends, family and social networks. The movement will provide tools for young adults and others that will promote dialogue within their communities and bring awareness to suicide prevention and mental and emotional wellbeing. By bringing together a coalition of mental health non-profits and initiatives to communities across the globe, the “NeverAlone” movement will provide support for people affected by mental distress worldwide creating an extended family and support group.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) suicide rates have increased by 60% in the last 45 years. Suicide is now among the three leading causes of death among those aged 15-44 (male and female), and suicide rates among young people have been increasing to the extent that they are now the group at highest risk in a third of all countries. 

”Suicide is the second most common cause of death among young people and remains the biggest taboo of America,” said Deepak Chopra. “This is the biggest tragedy of humankind, and if it’s not addressed, it is a testimony to our collective insanity. Let’s change the world, let’s make it more peaceful, just, sustainable, healthier and joyful.”

“The Offering” and NeverAlone movement aims to support ambassadors in communities who can champion grass root initiatives and be the voice for young adults and others, and provide content/resources with information on warning signs, conversation starters, and tips on how to sustain a conversation around mental wellness.

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