With the health and safety or our supporters in mind, the 2020 Cardboard Boat Race for Family & Children's Service of Ithaca is going VIRTUAL!
Last year, you helped us raise over $40,000 for mental health services for Tompkins County. This year, more than ever, we need your help. State and county funding budgets have been cut due to budget deficits, which means that in order to ensure that F&CS can continue to provide essential mental health services to our community, we are relying on the support of fundraisers and mental health advocates like you.
We wish we could be together for this fun lake-side event, cheering on teams as they navigate the racecourse in their hand-crafted cardboard boats, however, Covid-19 has made that kind of gathering impossible. So instead, we're asking you to join us online and support mental health in our community by donating today.
Check out our Digital Boat Captains/Fundraising Champions to the right--you can donate directly to the fundraising goal of anyone you recognize, or make a gift to the general campaign! Your gift makes all the difference.
F&CS helps over 2,000 people every year by providing counseling and psychiatry services, as well as a host of other resources for those in crisis. As we all face increased challenges this year as a result of Covid-19, our services have been more in demand than ever. 1 in 3 Americans are now reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression as the pandemic drags on through the summer, and as students return to the stressful environment of schools during the pandemic, we know that they will need additional support to get them through the fall.
1 in 5 Americans has a mental health condition, and 1 in 25 adults live with a severe mental illness.
BUT only about 4 in every 10 people with a mental health condition received treatment in the past year.
Each year, 2 million people with mental illness are booked into jails--many because they didn't get the treatment they needed. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to keeping people out of jails, and from becoming homeless.
Mental illness is increasingly common among youth, with 17% of American children 6-17 years old experiencing a mental health disorder. 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24. That's why F&CS has staff trained in working with clients of all ages to provide the best care and support to anyone who needs it.
Last year's Cardboard Boat Race was a blast! Check out some of the boats and action, with thanks to the sponsors of this year's Virtual Cardboard Boat Race: