Attitudes In Reverse or AIR® offers a comprehensive mental health plan to educate youth, from elementary level through college-age. AIR's programs are wrapped in messages of understanding, empathy and kindness towards all. At AIR, we believe that good mental health programming makes the best anti-bullying and suicide prevention plans. Breaking down stigma allows AIR to help identify youth who are at risk. Programs are also available for parents, teachers and all school staff. Certified AIR Dogs, therapy dogs, accompany all program presenters.
Attitudes In Reverse® is partnering with The College of New Jersey's Testing and Assessment in Psychology Lab. AIR®
is grateful to the staff and students at the TAPlab who are performing an evidence-based program evaluation of AIR®'s programs.
Attitudes In Reverse is excited to launch a new event! Although similar to the Miki and Friends event usually held in May, this event will be online! AIR will be hosting an online dog walk challenge that will begin April 1st lasting through April 30th in celebration of Dog Therapy Appreciation Day (April 11) and National Therapy Animal Day (April 30). Of course, AIR honors therapy dogs, emotional support dogs and all other dogs and thanks them every day for supporting individuals’ mental health!
Please click here to register, walk a total of 33 miles throughout the month and track your mileage online! Please also share your walks on social media and create fundraisers to help AIR provide life- saving education to many more people!
"We are very excited about this event as it is something that AIR has not done before. We are hoping it gets many more people involved,” said Tricia Baker, Co-Founder of AIR. “We are very grateful for our wonderful supporters, both ongoing and new. We want to celebrate our canine companions and all they offer to us and the appreciation we have for them."
2021 Taste of Hope - Peter Weedfald - Thank You!
2022 Miki Open AIR® Event
We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our sponsors, volunteers and attendees who helped make this year's
Miki & Friends OPEN AIR event a success.
Special thanks to the event sponsors: yourtowntube.com, fitfab and well tube, Princeton Brain Spine & Sports Medicine, RWJBarnabas Health, Stark & Stark Attorneys at Law, Szaferman Lakind Attorneys at Law, Perform Care, Iggybragg Design Ltd.
Coming Up for AIR® Student Presentation Program
The AIR® student presentation is mental health education geared towards students, middle school through college age. It is a peer-led multi-modal presentation: PowerPoint, video, interactive discussion. It can be 45 to 60 minutes, depending upon class length, and can be offered during Physical Education, Health, Science, Social Studies/Humanities classes. The presentation can be delivered to individual classes, as well as a full auditorium of students. It is also available and recommended for Parent-Teacher-Student Associations and parent-only audiences. Click for more information
AIR® Awareness Outreach
Attitudes In Reverse® volunteers attend many different types of events to help start conversations about good mental health. These can be college health fairs, local community events, state mental health conferences and Supernatural conventions. Since therapy dogs are involved in our non-profit, we often find ourselves at dog events, where people normally do not talk about mental health or suicide. Click for more information. The coming up for AIR Student Presentation Program has a response rate of 35% of students ask for help after the presentation.
We could not accomplish our goals without the kindness and support of our Sustaining Sponsors. Thank you!
Latest Updates :
Our newest addition to the AIR Board of Directors, Cheryl FingerAttitudes In Reverse team members are excited to announce our newest addition to the AIR Board of Directors, Cheryl Finger. Cheryl was raised in the North Jersey village of Ridgewood and attended Ridgewood High School with a specialty in occupational graphics. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from School of Visual Arts in NYC while studying…Read More »
Two Years….Two Years…. by Erin Popolo, Community Student Advocate and AIR's 2022 Partner in Hope Honoree As we come upon the two-year mark of the death of my daughter, I have learned so much… I have learned about myself, I have learned about the strength and kindness and resilience my daughter displayed daily, I have learned…Read More »
Attitudes In Reverse ® Perseveres in Life-Saving Mission, Honors Compassionate Leaders at 6 th Annual Taste of Hope EventAttitudes In Reverse® Perseveres in Life-Saving Mission, Honors Compassionate Leaders at 6th Annual Taste of Hope Event September 4-10, 2022 is Suicide Prevention Week PRINCETON, NJ, September 7, 2022 – “It’s so important to educate young students about mental health because problems can show up early. We need to show kids there are resources and…Read More »
Ewing Schools Release: Attitudes In Reverse® and Ewing Public Schools Partner to Improve Student Mental Health and Prevent SuicideEwing Schools Release: Attitudes In Reverse® and Ewing Public Schools Partner to Improve Student Mental Health and Prevent Suicide Submitted by Maria Petsos, District Supervisor of Special Education, Ewing Public Schools Thirteen years ago, Kurt and Tricia Baker and their daughter Katelyn lost Kenny, their son and brother respectively, to suicide. Soon after the…Read More »
How Can You Help Prevent Suicide? A Mother Shares The Story Of Her Son’s Death To Save LivesWhen I asked Tricia Baker how her son committed suicide she kindly said, "We do not say 'committed suicide.' This stems from the old belief that suicide is a crime." - By Mary Alice Stephenson, Contributor Style & Beauty Expert, Founder GLAM4GOOD When I asked Tricia Baker how her son committed suicide, she kindly said, "We…Read More »
Presentations to Date
It was such a wonderful visit! Just taking the dogs to the office, we were stopped multiple times by students and adults in the building who just lit up and asked to pet them. The students were so excited to see the dogs and were so amazed that we were able to have them in the school for them.
One young man said “This is the only time you will see my sensitive side – when I am with animals, I am happy.” Another student came back to our office upset later in the day and said she had been having a really rough day but when she came during lunch and saw the dogs, they made her feel calm and happy and she was okay to make it through most of her day. Our staff members said it was like a gift for them to have the dogs in the office during the day – they said they thought is meant as much to them as it did to the students. Our principal said she wants the dogs here all of the time!
I have such a strong connection to these animals and I truly believe they positively affect people of all ages. They seem to have an innate sense and so many of our students truly come alive when interacting with the dogs. They truly are furry little healers. Thank you again for coming to our school and sharing. So many students came to my office to tell me how much they loved the program and how hearing Kenny’s story moved them. Keep doing what you are doing. It helps so many.
It is I who should be thanking you! The presentation brought a few students to Guidance, all of whom decided it was time to talk. We took it one step further with one senior girl who is having suicide ideations. She will be getting treatment immediately.
During my time as Executive Director of the Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma, I personally witnessed the power of the AIR program, and its positive impact on young people. It was palpable, it was real, and there is no doubt in my mind that it made a difference in the lives of every participant, not just students, but parents and faculty as well.
Attitudes In Reverse® has provided our students with a most important resource. Due to the work of the AIR volunteers, our students know that they are not alone. They learn that the stigma associated with mental illness need not close them off from normal functioning….from happiness. There are people out there who will listen and help them when all seems lost. AIR tells them that they can…that they deserve the help they need.
Mrs. Baker has related to me emails from our students thanking them for opening their eyes to the resources available, and perhaps more importantly, how to be that good listener for others. We hope to continue our relationship with AIR in the future for the benefit of our students.