Why Seeds of Awareness

Addressing Suffering with Care

Children and families are suffering with sky rocketing rates of depression, anxiety, post-tramatic stress, attention deficits and other challenges. Our schools and communities do not have resources to prioritize mental health and wellbeing for our children. Budgets are tightening and mental health and social-emotional learning programs are being cut. All children are suffering because of this shortfall. Seeds of Awareness has a solution.

Valuing Equity and Diversity

Seeds values difference as well as commonalities. We recognize systemic racism, sexism, heteronormativity, classism, etc and the intersectional ways that these dominant tendencies within institutions and individuals work to perpetuate oppression and suffering. We seek to reduce suffering and address these power imbalances by increasing awareness and representation of marginalized experiences. In our organization, we value and support individuals who speak up against dominant powers, asking us to challenge our assumptions and privileges. Want to know more? You can learn about all of our 7 guiding principles here.

Suicide rates among children ages 10 to 14 have doubled in the U.S. from 2007 to 2014.1

Bullying: Rates of students aged 12 to 18 who reported being bullied at school has increased by 24.5 percent since 2003.2

Rates of major depression and/or anxiety disorder have skyrocketed for middle and high school students compared to 50 years ago, at an increase of over 500%.3

More than half of all adults with mental health problems were diagnosed in childhood. Less than half were treated appropriately at the time.4

29 percent of California school districts have no counseling or social – and emotional – learning programs at all.

The ratio of students per counselor in California averages 945 to 1, compared with the national average of 477 to 1.

“I truly felt like I was broken in some way and any effort I ever made to try to help myself or reach out to other people to help me made it more isolating. It was like quicksand. It is only getting worse, I don’t know how to stop it, I feel totally alone. I woke up feeling not just sad but a profound sadness…a spot light getting smaller and smaller and smaller and less room to breathe and less light in general…”Chris Gethard

The Wisdom of Seeds

  • Cost Effective

    School, community and nature-based therapies are effective interventions to combat the mental health crisis our communities are facing.

  • Mindfulness-Based

    Studies show mindfulness-based social-emotional learning programs (MBSEL) programs have positive impact on executive functioning, decreasing anxiety, improving focus and enhancing overall wellbeing.

  • Nature-Based

    Evidence supported interventions- free play in nature, social-emotional learning, and caring mentorship-, to support children’s empathy skills and wellbeing.

  • Therapeutic

    When young children experience nurturing relationships, they develop self-awareness, self-regulation, social competence, and emotional stability.

Sponsor A School or Family Today!

By joining Seeds of Awareness and donating to our programs you will become part of the mindfulness revolution solution, empowering schools and communities in need with tools for wellbeing and happiness. Your donation will help us provide services to schools like the ones below.

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Oakland International High School

OIHS serves 380 students who speak more than 32 languages. Many of the students are refugees from war torn countries and experience PTSD. Seeds of Awareness has partnered with OIHS for 2 years. We provide therapy in Spanish to children suffering and in need of counseling. Your support will allow us to increase our services to students in dire need.

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Wright Elementary School,
Santa Rosa

Wright Elementary serves 1618 students in Santa Rosa, Ca. Minority enrollment is 77% while 68% of all children receive free or reduced lunch. There are no school counselors or therapists currently serving the school, and Seeds of Awareness would like to provide support to this population in high need. You can help us do this by donating today!

Sheridan Elementary School,
San Francisco

Sheridan Elementary School is in a neglected neighborhood in San Francisco. The population consists 33.8% Hispanic, 25.2% Asian, and 24.8% African American. 87.1% receive free and reduced lunch. Sheridan Elementary has a vision of developing a family resource center on campus and is asking Seeds of Awareness to collaborate. Please donate and help make this happen!

Wisdom Behind Our Approach

Seeds of Awareness is empowering children and families with Mindfulness and Empathy.

Mindfulness is the act of paying attention to something consciously. Mindfulness empowers us to understand our inner experience and to see how we interact with the world around us. Mindfulness allows joy, suffering, and everything in between to be seen, heard and felt. With support, we can experience and feel the emotional and physical realities of life, rather than distract from them. Seeds of Awareness counselors and trainers help open these doors of perception and provide tools to our community to heal life’s sufferings.

Empathy is not just looking through the eyes of another, it is feeling into the heart of another with our hearts. Empathy is an extremely powerful tool, and, we believe, it can truly heal the world. With empathy, we can say to someone, I see your pain, and feel it with you. It undoes aloneness. It takes a power struggle and dissolves it. It transforms “ME vs.YOU” into “WE”. Empathy builds connections, true and genuine connections.

Nature Heals

Nature helps us feel connected, happy and healthy.

Recent studies have shown that time spent in nature can be as effective in improving symptoms of attention deficit disorder than medications.

At Seeds of Awareness, our philosophy is nature-based. We raise awareness on the impacts of technology on the psyche. We support families in integrating nature into their families lives. Seeds of Awareness recognizes that nature is a teacher, and that we are a integrated part of social and natural ecosystems. We bring children to nature, and we also bring nature to children, by helping them open their senses to the beauty inside and around them.