Category: Reduce Stigma


Campaign to Change Direction

The Change Direction initiative is a collection of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together to change the culture in America about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. This initiative was inspired by the discussion at the White House National Conference on Mental Health in 2013, which came on the heels of the Newtown, Conn. tragedy. If everyone is more open and honest about mental health, we can prevent pain and suffering, and those in need will get the help they deserve. The five signs of emotional suffering are personality change, agitation, withdrawal, decline in personal care and hopelessness. The campaign launched with 50 partners and now has over 520 partners today. Because of these amazing partnerships, over 26 million Americans have been exposed to the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering via our partners, and 195.5 million external media impressions have been created through our various media outlets.  (Read More...)
Lee Thompson Young Foundation

Lee Thompson Young's sister, Tamu Lewis, and mother, Dr. Velma Love, created the foundation to promote mental health literacy through its vision and mission... Our Vision We envision a world in which mental illness is recognized by all as a treatable, biopsychosocial disorder and the stigma associated with it no longer exists; a world that supports and encourages wholeness and well being at every stage of life. Our Mission We are dedicated to erasing the stigma associated with mental illness, advancing holistic health treatments and improving the lives of all those impacted. Our organization disseminates information to the general public, supports research and sponsors youth programming that strengthens support systems and promotes well being.  (Read More...)
Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America promotes improvement in lives affected by schizophrenia-related brain illnesses (mental illnesses involving psychosis). SARDAA promotes hope and recovery through support programs, education, collaboration and advocacy.  (Read More...)
Brighten Up - Planting the Seeds of Positivity

Brighten Up! strives to improve emotional well-being by increasing mental health awareness and encourage positive living. We are dedicated to helping others become the best version of themselves, and to live on the "Bright Side" of life. *Please note webinars are currently being offered free of charge at https://www.brightenup.us/pages/mental-wellness-webinars/  (Read More...)
PFlag Canada

PFLAG Canada is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their non-heterosexual children. The "coming-out" process can be a critical time for families. When the adjustment period is particularly long or painful, relationships can become permanently damaged, resulting in a lifetime of emotional scars. People cannot always rise above the challenge of accepting themselves or their family member, and the results can be devastating, even fatal. We support these families through today, and give them hope for a better tomorrow.  (Read More...)
Personality Disorder Awareness Network

Personality Disorder Awareness Network (PDAN) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of personality disorders, alleviating the impact of personality disorders on families, and intervening early in the personality development of children.  (Read More...)
This Is My Brave

This Is My Brave, Inc. is a national 501c3 organization that provides a platform for individuals to share their true, personal stories of living successful, full lives despite mental illness through poetry, essay, original music and comedy on stage in front of a live audience to end the stigma. We also share stories submitted to us via our blog, and all our shows are professionally videotaped and uploaded to our YouTube channel. Through the sharing of stories and experiences of those in recovery, we provide a sense of community and hope; and encourage others to share their stories. We believe that each time one of us shares our story, there’s another crack helping to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness. We believe in the power of community. There’s strength found in people coming together to propel a movement forward which is why we created our organization. One day we hope to live in a world where we won't have to call it brave for talking openly about mental illness; we'll simply call it talking.  (Read More...)
Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project

Caring too much can hurt. When caregivers focus on others without practicing self-care, destructive behaviors can surface. Apathy, isolation, bottled up emotions and substance abuse head a long list of symptoms associated with the secondary traumatic stress disorder now labeled:Compassion Fatigue.This site has numerous resources we have found for caregivers working in many professions. The Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project also offers original training materials, workbooks, and texts.  (Read More...)

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