From large cities to small towns, suicide has become a tragic but far too common event.

Beginning February 2018, Young Minds Foundation will open up applications for grants up to $2000 to schools and student-centered programs across the U.S. The grant funds are to be used towards developing and implementing suicide prevention programs for students. Applications must clearly state how the funds will be used and include a budget. Follow up reports with program photos will be required.

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Depression is darkness that impacts hundreds of thousands of people each year. Suicide is one of the horrible outcomes of depression. Young Minds Research is dedicated to finding cures and treatments that ultimately save lives.


Young Minds Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible.


The overall mission of Young Minds, a 501(c)(3) organization is to provide awareness and education that enhances the lives of children and adults with emphasis on helping those who may be most at risk.

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The MY MIND WARS Program

We are a 501c3 nonprofit who raises money to fund medical research projects. The two we are currently funding are listed below. We are always searching for and reviewing new projects that show promise to cure, treat or unlock information about depression, PTSD and suicide.

We believe in medical research. Many good projects go unfunded because they do not meet the funding criteria of large pharma, or device companies. We are searching for those smaller more promising studies overlooked by larger funding sources. We rely on you to help us fund these relatively small but largely important projects.

Over 90% of the funds received go to medical research projects. We have a part time administrative staff person and the rest of the staff are volunteer.

Funding Partners:

Our funding partners are true partners. We can provide information that includes the selection process, scoring, budget, and ongoing updates throughout the study. We are able to honor any geographic or specific request that may come with any grant. Our goal is to find cures, treatments, and therapies to ultimately stop suicides and lift depression. We have found a number of potential studies showing promise when it comes to PTSD and traumatic brain injury. What we lack are the funds to pursue these studies.

We are asking you to join us in becoming a funding partner. This can be done by pointing us towards a granting institution, or becoming a partner directly.


2016-2017 Graham Family My Mind Wars Research Projects

Research Description: Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive FDA approved treatment for refractory depression. However, recent research suggests that using information from a patient’s brain images can help improve TMS treatment outcomes. In addition, TMS has not yet been tried in patients suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We will use out combined expertise in MRI brain imaging and in TMS to treat two new target areas in the brains of patients who suffer from either depression, PTSD or both. Our expectation is that one or both of these brain targets will generate improved symptom reductions in depression patients compared to the current FDA approved Treatment. We also expect that symptoms of PTSD will be improved with our intervention. Therefore, the results from this study could form the basis of a new treatment for both PTSD and depression.


November 2016 has been proclaimed YOUNG MINDS FOUNDATION AWARENESS MONTH by the Board of County Commissioners of Johnson County, Kansas.

Young Minds Foundation is being recognized by the Overland Park Kansas City Council. December 5, 2016 will be proclaimed Young Minds Foundation week! We are honored and deeply grateful.

Commendation Letter from the Office of the Governor Illinois

Researchers and Funders
Joining Forces

Young Minds Foundation, My Mind Wars Program attended a recent dinner with researchers and funders joining together to find cures for diseases that mainstream pharma companies don’t pursue. By using medications and treatments no longer under a patent and finding new off label uses and taking them through clinical trials, many cures are being discovered. We are funding one of these studies.

Parker Days Festival 2016
Parker, Colorado

My Mind Wars participates at Parker Days Festival — three-hour time slot.

We walked to inspire hope among those struggling with depression.
With each step we showed strength and solidarity to ensure a brighter future.
Each person had a story. It was a day of healing and we made new friends.

Special thanks to Southwest Airlines, to Runners Roost, and to Whole Foods.

The 2015 Walk to Remember

We Won’t Ever Forget!


Their steps may have ended, but we remember when we used to walk together. We remember the laughter and the fun. Their end didn’t define them. The end didn’t tell their whole story. We will honor those who are no longer here to walk beside us.

But we also honor those who fight every day to stay. Those who know the battle is long and we will do whatever we can to help them. They are our friends. They will never walk alone.

Together we raise funds to better identify, understand and eliminate the hopelessness of depression, PTSD and find ways to prevent suicide.


This was our first attempt at an event. We looked for funding for years that didn’t come and decided to do this anyway. The morning greeted us with the most beautiful sunrise it almost brought us to tears. This one was highly personal. We didn’t make a big deal about it but for us this one was for Joshua who left us 10 years ago.

People who lost loved ones and those who thought they chose suicide but survived and those who are all of our friends joined us. August 15, 2015 we gathered in Broomfield Colorado for the 1st annual Run Walk and Roll to Remember! 67 people gathered to join in the walk with the background of beautiful mountain views. We thank each person who came out to walk and support us!

At the end of the 5k, we knew the race may be over but our journey had truly just began. Please join us as we continue this journey.

Young Minds Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible.