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    Date submitted
  • 22-Feb-2017

The First Hello

Abstract

The First Hello is a Non-Profit Organization created in September 2016, that focuses on suicide prevention and awareness for people ages 15-24 (America's highest youth demographic that commits or attempt suicide daily).

We want to innovate preventative approaches by inspiring others of what it means to truly live; We want to strive towards those struggling, to equip them with the tools they need to heal, and inspire them to want to live again.

The First Hello strives toward preventing several critical issues from ruining the lives of our youth through the impact of a simple hello, as well as implementing education, and special programs into community and school systems, as well as mental health faculties to help invisible children, and especially people ages 15-24, who commit suicide most within youth and adolscents.

The First Hello wants to unite today's youth to a branded preventative approach that intrigues and inspires people to be apart of something that helps their peers, and most importantly, themselves.

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Additional Questions

Who is your customer?

15-24 Year Olds, Primarily Students and those experiencing depression or mental illness and suicidal thoughts.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

The First Hello provides young adults more than just education on Suicide, we strive to form a relationship with our audience in order for them to step out of the comfort zone about sensitive topics such as this. The First Hello creates a community environment for others to confide in, while also encouraging their loved ones to follow suit. Many teens and young adults are afraid to reach out to resources that can help them (especially those who are diagnosed with depression and other mental illnesses), therefore The First Hello tries their best to actively engage in their communities that they are apart of. We will also provide an anonymous chatline on our website that allows users to directly communicate issues they are having as a peer-to-peer counseling network.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

Our mission is to unite today's youth to a branded preventative approach that intrigues and inspires people to be apart of something that helps their peers, and most importantly, prevents several critical issues from ruining the lives of our youth, which can start through the impact of a simple hello. We want to innovate preventative approaches by inspiring others of what it means to truly live; We want to strive towards those struggling, to equip them with the tools they need to heal, and inspire them to want to live again. The First Hello strives toward preventing several critical issues from ruining the lives of our youth through the impact of a simple hello, as well as implementing education, and special programs into community and school systems, as well as mental health faculties to help invisible children, and especially people ages 15-24, who commit suicide most within youth and adolescents.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

Many of our members have had experiences with depression, mental illness, and even suicide attempts. Each of our team offers a diverse story and their background shows how they’ve overcome the struggles put before them. As college students, we have a variety of resources and support from multiple organizations at MTSU. We have networked with MT Spare, MTSU’s Entertainment Department for fundraisers and events in the past, as well as Fraternal Organizations such as Omicron Delta Psi in raising on-campus awareness. Aside from the services that MTSU (and many other public universities) provides to their students, there is very little help available within the immediate area if they are facing a crisis. Suicide rates are drastically increasing for students, therefore any presence that can lead to lowering these rates would be significantly beneficial to the college’s community.