umttr to Host uDance: Dance Party to Fight Teen Suicide

Rockville, MD: umttr (“you matter”) is proud to announce that on December 23rd at The Fillmore Silver Spring, it will host uDance, brought to you by iHeartMedia, a night of solidarity and fun to promote mental health awareness and prevent teen suicide. According to the CDC, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among adolescents ages 12 - 17 and the 3rd leading cause of death for youth 10 - 24 years old.

uDance will bring together students, ages 14-21, throughout the DMV to dance with a live DJ, laser lights, fog machines, prize giveaways, celebrity guests, and more. Donations (minimum of $10 in advance or $15 at the door) will support umttr’s mission to educate teens and young adults about mental health and put an end to suicide through peer-led and proven effective suicide prevention programs.

As a founding member of the Campaign to Change Direction, a White House Initiative, umttr will use uDance as an opportunity to educate teens and young adults about the five signs of emotional distress – personality change, agitation, withdrawal, poor self-care and hopelessness. umttr has pledged to educate 70,000 students within 5 years and has already surpassed 50,000.

Former NBA player Michael Sweetney, who will be in attendance at uDance, stated, “This is a phenomenal opportunity for students to have fun and come away with a positive message – when you feel like giving up, just remember that you matter. Your life matters.”

Maryland State Delegate Sheila Hixon expressed her support for uDance, commenting, “I stand behind umttr’s mission of suicide prevention and mental health awareness, and I am thrilled to hear that the Fillmore Silver Spring is supporting efforts to change the direction of mental health in Maryland.”

Visit www.umttr.org for more information and to register.

About umttr – umttr is a Washington, D.C. based non-profit organization that empowers schools and youth athletic organizations with the funds, information and tools they need to create a compassionate culture where every person matters. We aim to place mental well-being and caring support at the forefront of young adults’ daily interactions. umttr was founded by Erik Roberts after his friend, Evan Rosenstock, took his life in 2013.

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