Caleb’s Kids supports the mental health of middle, high schoolers during Suicide Prevention Month
In a world where mental health struggles have skyrocketed, especially among young children and teens, one young woman from Detroit is stepping up to support those students through her nonprofit Caleb’s Kids. The organization serves metro Detroit area youth in the 4th through 12th grades by providing tools, educational resources and materials, workshops and other support in the efforts to strengthen mental health and prevent suicide.
Founder and CEO Kiesha Jackson formed the company after losing her younger brother Caleb to suicide, and she now seeks to provide hope and help for young people experiencing mental health challenges in the city of Detroit. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10-24 nationwide, and Jackson roots her work specifically in metro Detroit where she was born and raised and where she wants to make the most impact.
In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month in September, “American Black Journal” contributor Angela Brown talks with Jackson about how the tragedy of losing her brother created the spark for Caleb’s Kids and explains what students are taking away from workshops on coping skills and emotional intelligence. Jackson also shares how her previous work in corporate human resources has informed her work and discusses the various mental health challenges Detroit’s youth are facing today. Plus, two former participants talk about the impact Caleb’s Kids had on their lives.