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February 14, 2011

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February 14, 2011

I learned of this organization through an existing board member, having been invited to their annual charitable golf outing. Immediately upon exposure to the staff, board members and supporters, it became crystal clear that this was a highly effective and focused organization that provided a vital service to the community.

Having been personally impacted by mental illness and with a family history of depression, this was an important and extremely personal cause to me. I was honored to be asked to join the board, and since the time from my initial exposure I have witnessed countless examples of the good done by this organization.

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Results are evident throughout our community, with loving care and support for countless individuals impacted by the devestating effects of mental illness. Of particularly significance is the program that speaks to audiences of school children to help them understand the symptoms of - and support available for - depression and other forms of mental illness. This organization literally saves lives everyday, by raising visibility and eliminating stigma associated with mental illness.

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It would be great to be able to broaden the visibility of this organization in our community, in order to ensure maximum support for the great causes it supports, and most importantly to continue to extend its life-saving assistance to those individuals in a time of urgent need.

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February 14, 2011

I'm a board member and donor, and my husband is a donor as well. We believe in the mission of this organization. While it does amazing things with just a small staff and a shoestring budget, the impact of the organization extends far beyond by helping students in Kent County become educated about recognizing depression and eradicating its stigma to reduce the barriers to diagnosis and treatment.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the steady increase in students they reach through the Live Laugh Love Education Program.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get a grant to hire a full-time development person so they had someone on the ground to help raise money.

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

I have been a part of the Mental Health Foundation for more than 6 years. The organization has evolved into a phenomenally successful organization supplying an educational program of mental health for our regional middle and high school students. Modules include, bullying, depression, anxiety, self-injuring disorders, self esteem, substance abuse, suicide and more. To date we have delivered the program to over 8,500 unique students. We have saved lives, reduced stigma, and educated youth, teachers and counselors. In our organization with an annual budget of less than $400,000, our 18 board members are all volunteer and is a working board.

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The impact in our consumers is evident. At every major donor event, we have speaker(s) that will present how the Mental Health Foundation has impacted their life. For me, I am a recovering anorexic/bulimic and have struggled with situational depression as I age. It is important for our youth to understand how to deal with this as an individual or as a child, mate, parent in the future.

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My hope is to raise funds in our general budget to be able to hire a program coordinator.

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