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Causes: Alliances & Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Mental Health

Mission: The mission of NoStigmas is to raise awareness and erase the stigmas of suicide & mental illness by sharing stories of hope & inspiration and educating the general public about mental health issues. NoStigmas began in 2007 as a grassroots movement to unify those touched by suicide & mental illness with the common knowledge that they are not alone and to change the public’s generally negative perception of those touched by suicide & mental illness. Our mission is to aid the growth of this understanding and foster a community environment in which individuals with mental illness are able seek treatment with the support of those near to them. We understand that this general shift in thinking regarding mental health begins with a change of perspective on the individual level. So, our methodology is to recruit and educate individuals, known as Stigma Erasers, who become advocates for understanding through their day-to-day interactions. We aim to further break down stereotypes by means of a public forum called The NoStigmas Project, in which Stigma Erasers share their stories of hope and recovery in order to promote understanding and inspire those who are struggling to find their own path of healing.

Target demographics: raise awareness of mental illness and fight for mental health equality

Geographic areas served: Chicago

Programs: - Peer-2-Peer Support - Resource Database - Dynamic Education - Inspiring Events - Stories of Hope

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

2

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.

1 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.

2

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!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NOSTIGMAS raises awareness and helps people become educated and informed about mental health. Finally, an organization is attempting to change the paradigm people view mental health in. Breaking the barriers of the stigmas that cloud people with mental health. A great organization with an amazing mission.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The name says it all! NoStigmas successfully reaches a broad part of the population with an important and gentle message.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

NOSTIGMAS is ahead of the field. They not only raise awareness but help people in need. Mental Health is something that needs to be treated head on and NOSTIGMAS is the first of its kind to do this. The more people know about NOSTIGMAS the more help can be given. We need to break down the negative barriers and confront mental health issues in a positive way.

2 Shelly29

Client Served

Rating: 5

They help educate the general public on mental illnes, which begins to break down barriers and unsubstantiated fears.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NoStigmas connects with people on a personal level that most organizations fail to reach. This is reflected in their peer focus and in the efforts they make to share stories of positivity and hope. NoStigmas provides a platform for inspiration and deserves recognition as an influential grassroots movement. The stigmas surrounding suicide and mental illness are real and it will take a community-wide effort to break them down entirely.

2 Alan30

Donor

Rating: 5

With "No Stigmas" some times the best stories are the ones that are not yet told. They are helping in ways that go to the very core of health and wellness. Bing on the front line of service is front edge of service means the leading edge of technology. NoStigmas is constantly building its organization and the strong foundation to rise up to meet its important mission.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An excellent Non-Profit that has had tremendous impact on so many lives.
Hopefully others will see fit to donate to this wonderful organization.

2 Godisgood3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NoStigmas is doing something for the community that I have not seen other organizations tackle. Society is long overdue for this push to remove the stigmas surrounding mental illness, creating a healthy place for conversation and healing. I can only hope others follow suit and that NoStigmas' reach continues to be far and wide!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

No one will ever fully understand the impact that NOStigmas has had in my life. Having gone through my own battle with mental illness, I have never felt more empowered and determined to help spread the word of how this organization is making a difference. I am no longer ashamed of my past and I hope to encourage others to come forward and seek the help they need. NOStigmas.org is loaded with valuable information including an excellent Resource Directory and a blog with very inspiring stories. I am thankful to be a volunteer and Stigma Eraser. This organization made me aware that helping others has enormous benefits. I can’t wait until their peer mentorship program is finally launched. It’s going to be huge!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

No Stigmas is a phenomenal organization. We need to be able to let more people know that they exist.
I have been sharing No Stigmas information every chance I get. We would be a much better world if we did. A couple of years ago I lead a student group at my college campus to raise awareness of returning veteran's issues with the purpos of erasing stigmas around the mental health and suicide issues. Since that time that same group has been having a Stigma Erasing awareness event where the volunteers wear shirts of a Stigma they used to have. Their goal was to connect a face to people that struggled with someone at sometime with something that was very stigmatizing. This is a ripple effect of No Stigmas work. People are having great conversations and their awareness is being raised. It's my hope that No Stigmas would be just as well known as the Red Cross one day.

2 eclare333

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NoStigmas came into my life a few months ago and I am better for it. Jacob Moore has created a strong but gentle voice in an otherwise absent conversation. Through the organization, I have met incredible people with even more incredible stories. Much like many others, my story is one where I felt very alone. My healing process was slow and lonely, which often added to the anxiety and magnified the issues. While I learned to become my own friend/ally, I really could have benefited from the support of a community like NoStigmas. We have all been touched by mental illness on some level, and NoStigmas is giving us the opportunity to both reach out and also be helped. I support this organization with my whole heart and I'm excited to see how it develops! I highly suggest anyone reading this to get involved and witness just how kind we can be to one another.