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NoStigmas | Mental Health Your Way

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Causes: Civil Rights, Education, Mental Health

Mission: Our mission is to ensure that no one faces mental health challenges alone. We envision a world without shame or discrimination related to mental health, brain disease, behavioral disorders, trauma, suicide and addiction with universal access to mental health education, support, and resources. We aim to cultivate the go-to peer support community and be the driving force behind a positive shift in perspective by fostering a culture of inclusion and empowerment -- creating a world with NoStigmas.

Results: - Social media community of 75,000+ - Mailing list of over 10,000 individuals - Ally Program with 1,800+ participants since launch in May 2017 - Peer Support Group with 300+ members - Directory of 290 community-based support resources - 120+ Ally Stories shared - 80+ educational articles written - 52 professionally produced Public Service Announcements (PSAs) - Internationally recognized and trademarked name and branding - Ally Training program (copyright submitted, independent study pending) - Robust technological infrastructure scalable for exponential growth - Onstaff lived-experience speakers and workshop facilitators - Program marketing and outreach toolkits * Current as of 3/1/18

Target demographics: We serve anyone affected by mental health or suicide-related challenges.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 2,000 Allies, 5,000 event attendees and 75,000 community members.

Geographic areas served: We facilitate a global network.

Programs: - Ally Training Program - Peer-2-Peer Support - Inspiring Events - Dynamic Speakers - Resource Database - Learning Center - Stories of Hope

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Kathleen M.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jake from NoStigmas courageously shares his story to help others believe recovery is possible. I have seen a wide range in his reach to share his message. Whether it be at a private event or while speaking with inmates he reiterates that mental illnesses and suicide do not discriminate. Jake is an inspiration and I believe in his goal for a world that has NoStigmas.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is such a powerful example of how passionate volunteers can come together to change the world. There is a place for everyone at any capacity, and it’s an honor to be part of the important work they’re doing.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the approach that NoStigmas take to reach people in need of help with their emotional problems. My experience has been limited to personal ones involving two of their staff. They both were great at helping me understand that my approach to emotional

2 Kirsten K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

To me, No Stigma represents our everyday fight against stigma. Even though when I think of Stigma, I equate it to mental illness, they deal with Stigmas from all walks of light. The staff is knowledgeable and their articles express how things affect them and their caretakers directly

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have sent many friends and anyone dealing with depression to their site and have heard great comments back from them. They didn't feel preached at nor judged. I feel with all the negativity in the world today people need to know there is a way out rather than suicide.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

An amazing outlet for mental health education and assistance when needed. I've become more active in the whole system because I am on a solo journey of healing my emtional disorders, Anxiety and Depression.
Thank you for No Stigmas, it is the best.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was involved in a terrible domestic violence accident where I was pushed into glass and ended up with 800 stitches in my knee. After that I sought counseling for PTSD and years later discovered I am bipolar. I am now properly medicated and fully functional. When I found no stigmas I felt like it was the perfect concept for someone like me, who has had two things happen (domestic violence and bipolar) that have a lot of shame and stigma associated. I am grateful for the community of people who understand mental illness and abuse.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

No one should have to face it alone! There’s people who get it at NoStigmas.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have simply not encountered another organization like NoStigmas, and this is extended to the people who make it all happen. No one cares more about mental health than the folks at NoStigmas, and everyone works tirelessly to bring awareness and provide for the community.

1 Erica P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NoStigmas has become a home for my mental health. Prior to finding NoStigmas, I felt alone in my mental health journey. NoStigmas has provided a space for me to be open about my experiences and has gifted me with a peer support community that has made a difference my ability to manage my mental health conditions.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NoStigmas is a wonderful organization. By promoting ways to maintain brain health, it allows communities to prevent/reduce mental health and substance use disorders.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit has been a huge source of support and community for me. When you’re struggling with mental health, it can be the most isolating thing in the world to experience. All it takes is one person to say “it’s okay, don’t be ashamed to talk to me” to change everything

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such an amazing nonprofit that supports and brings awareness to Mental Health. #NoStigmas

2 Tracy S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NoStigmas has given me the confidence to share my own mental health struggles with my loved ones and my community. Having a place where I know I am understood and respected has made a world of difference in my life.

2 Laurie K.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Nostigmas provides great resources, allowing people to connect and strengthen each other through shared struggles and victories. The Ally program empowers through education and training. By giving people a means to express their stories, their way, NoStigmas gives a much needed voice to those that live with mental health issues, helping to fight the stigmas that surround mental illness and suicide.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NoStigmas has been revolutionary in my mental health. finding a community of people who understand my struggles and I can always turn to through the virtual connections has made my own burdens easier to bear.
Not only that, but I've loved getting work volunteer with them. The team is so kind and responsive and I feel like I've been able to really learn how to better assist others.

2 Mary315

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I facilitated an art therapy workshop for No Stigmas and was very impressed with the staff, the space, the mission and ability to bring in people who really wanted to engage in art therapy and found the experience to be meaningful to them. It was a great opportunity to offer a service to those in need and to normalize the experience of using art to express oneself and support one another through life. I would work with them again with no reservations!

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

As we state in our Mission Statement, NoStigmas' goal is to raise awareness and erase the stigmas about suicide and mental illness through education about about mental health, helping those affected by mental illness, and sharing inspiring stories of hope so that those struggling may understand that they are not alone. Our board members, volunteers, and followers, together foster a community environment in which individuals with mental illness are able seek treatment with the support of those near to them.

Shifting the pay mental wellness is perceived is certainly a challenge. We believe that one by one, though, we can change how mental wellness perceived and and the same time help those seeking care through our resources. We rely on our growing community to educate individuals who become advocates for understanding through their day-to-day interactions.

If we manage to help even one person who is struggling our mission has been successful. However, we won't stop with just one.

3 Wendy108

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

As a mental health advocate myself, I rely on the great information that No Stigmas shares with me. They are truly helping to break down the barriers around mental health stigma.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

NoStigmas is made up of an excellent team of individuals whose passions lie in giving back to their community by connecting those in need with mental health resources. I've never met a group of people so philanthropically inclined to give their time and money for the greater good of bettering the lives of others. Their volunteers are constantly posting in online arenas and hosting events and fundraisers to get the word about their organization out to reach people from all over the country!