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GRIFFIN AMBITIONS LTD

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Mental Health, Mental Health Associations, Mental Health Disorders

Mission: We are a trusted ally in the conversation about mental illness and openly collaborate with other mental health professionals, academics, resources and advocates to grow this consequential movement.

Target demographics: College Universities and Campuses Advocating for Mental Health Access

Geographic areas served: From Central Indiana to College Universities and Campuses Advocating for Mental Health Access

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I became involved with Griffin Ambitions at my college. Due to my past, I wanted to join an organization that was passionate about mental health advocacy. I began attending Griffin Ambitions' chapter meetings and events, which also included planning a few exhibitions. I came to see that Griffin Ambitions utilizes the student's voice in raising awareness about mental health. Students plan awareness events that open new conversations and create safe spaces. Mental health is seldom spoken of on college campuses, but Griffin Ambitions is beginning to change that norm. From the employees in Indianapolis. to the students at the numerous college chapters, mental advocacy is growing and changing for the better.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can personally state that on my college campus Griffin Ambitions is an excellent resource for students. They not only had a Send Silence Packing display that undoubtedly made people become more aware and knowledgeable about suicide prevention a few years back, but also have other programs for students to engage in. Each campus is different and has their own unique approaches, but I know my campus really loves the Therapy dogs that come around during midterms and finals! They really help us as mood boosters, which shows that this is organization doesn't just focus on suicide prevention and mental health issues, but also everything in between! Our own personal mental health should be constantly maintained and Griffin Ambitions makes us be aware that it's okay to put yourself first sometimes!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

illness out of the darkness of stigma. As someone who has struggled with a mental illness in college, I am so fortunate to see the work that Griffin Ambitions is doing across the country. I was afraid to talk about my mental illness and struggles because I didn't think anyone would understand. I thought people just wouldn't "get it" or would walk out of my life. I can say that in my experience, people didn't leave. They tried to understand. Griffin Ambitions is making that possible in colleges and universities across the country, promoting cultures that don't promote shame or blame, but rather they further acceptance and compassion. Mental illness and mental health are not things that people talk about, and mental illness is still highly stigmatized in college. My hope and true belief is that, one day, we will create an environment where no one on a college campus is afraid to ask for help, to talk openly about what they're going through or to be able to get the help they need. Without Griffin Ambitions spearheading this process on campuses across the country, this hope would be just a dream.

Donor

Rating: 5

Mental illness is a problem we take for granted too often but it is finally getting the attention it deserves thanks to the efforts of organizations like Griffin Ambitions.
Their mission to remove the stigma that exists around mental health in order to encourage those battling with mental illness to speak up and find support is now, more than ever, one that we must all work to accomplish as we see the increase in suicides taking place in college campuses around the country.
Working closely with Griffin Ambitions for the past semester has given me the privilege to help their exceptional mission and to see the positive effect that they have on hundreds of college students around the country.
Griffin Ambitions is not only admirable for their truly significant mission but for their admirable staff that works restlessly to fulfill it. They are always looking for innovative ways to reach their community and help chapter members have all the necessary resources to be successful. It is the feeling of family that truly makes Griffin Ambitions an exceptional organization. They take pride of the work they put together as a team and in advancing their mission as a group.
It is organizations like Griffin Ambitions that help bring forth the voice of those who can’t do it themselves. I have become a true fan of their mission and the hard work they put in everyday to make sure that their mission is achieved. Mental health is a cause that needs everyone’s support and helping Griffin Ambitions is the best way to contribute in the fight against stigma.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Before Griffin Ambitions, I never knew much about mental health except for the fact that no one wanted to talk about it. After working for the non-profit, I have gained a passion and self-awareness for mental health and everything Griffin Ambitions does. They really connect with students and teach them so much. They arm colleges and college students with the knowledge and programs to spread awareness and reduce the stigma around mental health. I am so proud to have learned about the organization and that I had the privilege to work with them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is great! I have been able to learn so much about mental health and allow my talents to shine through this organization. It allows me to help college students learn about mental health and make it more of a "normal" thing than abnormal like the majority of the population sees it now. I joined Griffin Ambitions because I lost a family member to suicide and it has allowed me to express my own story and be able to have an impact on the community around me. I am so thankful that Griffin Ambitions is a huge part of my like and my college career.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became involved with the Griffin Ambitions internship program as of spring 2016. I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with a team of passionate and talented individuals, who genuinely care about their interns! I have learned so much about best practices and strategies to effectively start the conversation about mental health.

In each project, I see the time and dedication Griffin Ambitions has towards creating educational resources, coordinating speaker sessions, and engaging with student chapters to further their mission and vision: to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding mental health. I am grateful to be a part of Griffin Ambitions!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Griffin Ambitions is one of the most amazing organizations! Their mission of promoting mental health awareness, reducing stigma around mental illness, and helping provide resources to students across the country has touched many lives including my own

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Donor

Rating: 5

Before Griffin Ambitions, I never knew much about mental health except for the fact that no one wanted to talk about it. After working for the non-profit, I have gained a passion and self-awareness for mental health and everything Jacob Griffindoes. They really connect with students and teach them so much. They arm colleges and college students with the knowledge and programs to spread awareness and reduce the stigma around mental health. I am so proud to have learned about the organization and that I had the privilege to work with them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Foundation is at a great baseline for creating unique campaigns, tracking data and collaborating with mental health partners.