The Inspiring Project

By: Chase Marvil

Violence , Techie

Teen suicide is the third-leading cause of death for people ages 15-to-24. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one in five teenagers in the U.S. seriously consider suicide annually and 5-to-8% will actually attempt it, making it the second leading cause of death for our age group.

The latest available data suggests that 2013 marked the tenth year in a row of increasing suicide rates in America

It is widely known recognized that a high prevelance of trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are commonly shared among suicidal people. Researchers found that ACEs were a factor in 80% of suicide attempts during childhood / adolescence. 

Being that the CDC cites community connectedness as a central protective factor against both suicie and interpersonal violdence, we need to do a better job of offering support to other teens.

Did you know boys tend to be most prone to suicidal thoughts during their junior year of high school whereas girls most often experience them in their freshman year? (see full article).

While suicide risk-factors vary with age, gender and mental illness, I believe the American Psychological Assocation is right in deeming teen suicide preventable!  Read about how the Inspiring Project is a suicide prevention tool by promoting acceptance and building self-esteem!

The Inspiring Project is an international and global movement where being yourself and promoting positive thinking is all we do. We believe that no person in the world should be upset with who they are and should never have to go on the internet and be subject to bullying and or commit suicide as a result. 

First started as a social media campaign to inspire my peers to post and tweet inspiring messages with the hastag #theinspiringproject in December 2013, I very quickly grew followers on Instagram, Twitter and other outlets to reach tens of thousands of people worldwide.

I also convinced the principal at my school to give me a wall which showcased over 800 inspiring quotes so that everyone could feel like they had a community of caring and compassionate peers.

In the 2015/2016 school year, I took the idea one step further and asked both students and staff to write their inspirations on a piece of paper that said "I AM INSPIRED..." and then we took their photo.  The result is stunning. Our wall contains 600 photos!  The results have been amazing.  So far, the Inspiring Project has inspired close to 70,000 people and we are on the way to 100,000 inspirations!

 

Team Members

  • Chase Marvil

    Founder

    My project was created by someone calling me their inspiration. After the numbers of people who contacted me, I created the project to eliminate suicide and bullying in teens and adults online. Being only in high school, I have been able to impact almost 70,000 people already & the numbers are continuously growing.

  • I would like to thank my parents, my friends, my staff at my school and the people who have helped me through social media. I have been greatly fortunate to meet people from Project Semi-Colon, Warm Winters, and a book writer who shared their story. I look forward to collaborating with more people down the road and just making a larger impact.

Impact

advice to my peers

Nov. 10, 2015

One lesson I've learned from The Inspiring Project is that when you have something going good for you, and you seem like everything is great, you'll come across people who will try to bring you down. You can't win everyone over, so you're going to have to be okay with the fact that not everyone will offer support. Just believe in what you're doing and keep to it.  I live by the mantra on my bracelets, which is to be inspired and inspiring to other.  I don't ever let anyone bring you down and never give up. (Hence what my bracelets say).

If any of my peers would like to start their own social movement, my advice would be to work hard, and never give up. As said above, you will come across people who don't care or like what you are doing and that's fine. What matters is the impact you are creating and the amount of OTHER supporters you receive along the way. Just keep pushing and don't stop!

ON THE WAY TO 100,000 INSPIRATIONS

Nov. 2, 2015

How #theinspiringproject got started

Sept. 1, 2015

One might say "The Inspiring Project" was started "almost by accident." It began with my debut on Instagram in December 2013, when I decided to post differnt photos and phrases that would be received as sources of inspiration.  

Then one day, a random person followed me and messaged me with a plea for help: "I'm having a bad day, do you have any advice?" 

I rose to the occasion, and the girl I helped referred another friend, and it just spiraled from there.  We've had letters, comments and notes from people around the world.

This past year, we made an Inspiring Wall in the main lobby of our school so that students could get the peer-to-peer support they deserve.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/health/2015/08/30/greenwood-teen-inspires-kids-live-thrive/71440496/

Ask Chase

June 19, 2015

INSPIRING PROJECT RECEIVES ANTI-BULLYING AWARD

May 20, 2015

I received an award from the Division of Prevention and Behavorial Health Services from the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families.

A big green mascot named Jurdy, who is part of SHOULD b cause, LLC presented my award.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.wboc.com/story/29117720/inspiring-project-receives-anti-bullying-award

Documentary: The Inspiring Project

March 15, 2015

2015 already?!?!?!

Jan. 2, 2015


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