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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...)
The Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA)

The Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA) is a not-for-profit, registered charity, community-based organization servicing the Windsor-Essex Region in Southwestern, Ontario. Since 1983, we’ve been committed to the provision of specialized clinical treatment, education and support services for individuals affected directly and indirectly by eating disorders. As the primary regional source for the prevention and treatment of eating disorders, BANA is a leader in the promotion and acceptance of diverse body shapes and sizes through the adoption of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Since its inception, BANA has provided services to thousands of individuals of all ages, genders and social/economic backgrounds with an ongoing case load of approximately 300 clients. In addition, we annually organize and host 250 educational health promotion presentations and programs that reach more than 20,000 children and adults. Services are provided free of charge, without age restrictions and are supported by the Ministry of Health and the Erie St. Clair LHIN. For more information visit www.bana.ca.  (Read More...)
Camp Erin

Created and supported by The Moyer Foundation, Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 6-17 attend a weekend camp experience that combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, free of charge for all families. Led by grief professionals and trained volunteers, Camp Erin provides a unique opportunity for youth to restore hope, enhance self-esteem, and learn that they are not alone. There are 48 locations in the U.S. and Canada serving over 3000 grieving families each year.  (Read More...)
Distress and Crisis Ontario

Distress and Crisis Ontario (DCO) is an association that is the recognized leader in promoting collaboration and building capacity in organizations that provide distress and crisis response. Distress Centres (DC’s) across Ontario offer support and a variety of services to their communities. At a DC you can find a listening ear for lonely, depressed, and/or suicidal people, usually 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Many centres also have Suicide Survivor programs, support services for youth, telephone call out programs for seniors and vulnerable people, mental health Crisis Lines services and much more. Distress Centres provide their listening and referral services primarily through highly trained and committed volunteers. The staffs of Distress Centres are knowledgeable individuals who insure the highest levels of support to the individuals in their communities and innovation in service provision.  (Read More...)
The Mens Health Resource Center

Why build this resource center? Did you know men are less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than women, on average? Part of this is because men are more likely to go long periods of time without going to the doctor, they’re less likely to adopt preventive health measures, and are more likely to engage in risky behaviors. One of the goals of this site is to show men how health issues are interrelated. How being obese can effect your cardiovascular system. How successfully managing your diabetes can lead to a healthier life. How parenting and fatherhood can encourage you to live a more fulfilling lifestyle, not just for you, but for your family. So, take an active approach to your health – it could save your life. The Men’s Health Resource Center is managed by Men’s Health Network, a national non-profit headquartered in Washington, DC, who’s mission is to reach men, boys and their families where they live, work, play and pray.  (Read More...)
The American Pain Society

The American Pain Society is a multidisciplinary community that brings together a diverse group of scientists, clinicians, and other professionals to increase the knowledge of pain and transform public policy and clinical practice to reduce pain-related suffering.  (Read More...)
Peter's Place

Peter’s Place is a center for grieving children and families located in Radnor, PA. At our center, we offer age-appropriate peer support groups for children ages 4–17. While the children meet, their parents and caregivers have an opportunity to participate in their own peer support group. Additionally, Peter’s Place offers a group for young adults, ages 18-25, and a specialized peer support group called Ryan’s Hope, which is for parents who have experienced the death of a child as a result of addiction.  (Read More...)
Grief Watch

GRIEF WATCH is a publisher and manufacturer of bereavement books and materials used by families and professionals around the country. It is based at the 18th Ave Peace House, site of a variety of ministries focused on hospitality, community, peace-making, and care for the dying.  (Read More...)
Freedom From Eating Disorders

Freedom from Eating Disorders offers faith-based resources to support eating disorder recovery, including a recovery course, e-books, recovery stories, helpful articles, and more. The creator, Laurie Glass, has been walking with those who have eating disorders since she recovered from anorexia in 2003. She likes to encourage people to visit the site often and find what speaks to them for the day.  (Read More...)
Narika

Narika’s mission is to promote women’s independence, economic empowerment, and well-being by helping domestic violence survivors with advocacy, support, and education. Narika’s programs include our Helpline, SEED programs, and HEAL programs. The confidential toll-free helpline is a one-of-a-kind access and forum for people, particularly immigrants from the South Asian communities, to connect with advocates who not only speak their language but also provide immediate assistance in a culturally sensitive and non-judgmental manner. Narika’s advocates not only help with legal, housing, counseling, benefits and job referrals, but also provide interpretation and accompaniments for our clients. The Self-Empowerment & Economic Development (SEED) Program is designed to foster economic self-reliance among survivors of domestic violence, and new immigrant that are particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Classes cover financial/computer literacy, job readiness, communication, ect to encourage participants towards economic independence. The Health, Enrichment, & Access to Life Skills (HEAL) Program is designed to create a platform that make it possible for immigrant women, specifically from South Asia to interact, exchange, and support each other. The program encourages Health, Wellness, and Self-Care through workshops on dance, art, meditation, ect and opens and encourages discussion and dialogue on domestic violence between participants.  (Read More...)

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