This day of yoga and music in Honolulu raises awareness and support for Mental Health America of Hawai’i’s Pono Youth Program, which prevents youth suicide and bullying, creates safe spaces for LGBTQ youth and promotes mental health among college students. At this event, renowned yoga instructors from all over Hawai’i will be collaborating with celebrated local musicians and DJs to teach yoga classes.
Type of Event
- Community Event
Discount Packages Available
When Lehua Kai was 19 years old, her father passed away from a heart attack. She could tell that her mother was becoming more isolated and depressed, unable to accept support. Six months later, on Christmas Eve, her mother died from suicide. Lehua bottled up the truth of her mother’s death for 11 years, saying it had been a car accident. She became a yoga practitioner and the impact was so positive she decided to become an instructor. The mind and body discipline she developed gave her the courage to openly share her story at the end of her training. Lehua opened Power Yoga Hawaii with husband Dorian Wright at the end of 2010. In her desire to give back, she learned about Mental Health America of Hawai’i, and founded the Poses emPOWER event to voice the importance of mental health and knowing what resources are available across the islands, especially for our at-risk youth in Hawai’i.
We have no time to waste:
• The number of suicides of young people in Hawai’i ages 15-24 has more than doubled in the past five years.
• Hawaii’s middle and high school students have the highest rates in the nation of suicidal behavior.
• 41% middle school students are bullied on school property.
• One out of 15 high school students – two per class – missed a day of school the previous month because they were afraid.
• There has been a 40% increase in the number of Hawaii middle school students indicating that they “had been harassed because someone thought they were gay, lesbian, or bisexual.”
• College student’s mental health disorders have doubled since the year 2000.
• 75% of lifetime cases of mental illness start before the age of 24. If mental illness is not identified and treated early, it is more likely that the illness will become a lifelong, severely disabling chronic condition.
For over 70 years, Mental Health America of Hawai`i has been Hawai’i’s leading mental health organization designed to educate and organize our community to enhance mental wellness for all of Hawai`i’s people.
Since the Pono Youth Program’s inception in 2005, we have trained more than 12,500 youth and adults in how to prevent youth bullying and suicide, and served 900 youth and adults with workshops, resources, and strategies to help groups in the community create and maintain programs that are welcoming and empowering to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
By supporting the Pono Youth Program, you are helping to stop the tragedy of bullying and suicidal behavior among our youth, minimizing risk factors for LGBTQ youth, and to promote the mental wellness of college students.