We are a small nonprofit with a big mission to eliminate the stigma of mental illness. We do not work independently, nor do we believe that is how we solve big problems. Eliminating stigma, ending suicide are moon shots. Getting to the moon was the not result of one person working, it was a team, a community of practitioners, gathered together, sharing a passion and one big goal.
Some of the organizations listed below we know well because we have worked together, others by their good works in the community. We know more organizations of all shape and size, driven by passion to raise awareness and to help, are out there.
We want to help start a conversation with organizations large and small so that we can learn from one another, collectively advance the field and begin to think how a moon shot to end stigma and suicide could happen.
If you would like to add your organization to our list or if you know of a great organization or individual who should be here, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Active Minds on Campus: The Active Minds vision is to destigmatize mental health disorders by promoting open, enlightened discussion of mental health; and to create a better life for all who suffer. To capitalize on the energy and dedication of young adults in the fight against the stigma that surrounds mental health disorders, and to educate, enlighten, and empower all young adults to ensure their own mental health before it ever reaches a tragic stage.
American Association of Suicidology: AAS is a membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide. AAS is a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, the development of standards and resources, and survivor support services.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy.
Bazelon Center for Mental Health: The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. The Bazelon Center envisions an America where people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities exercise their own life choices and have access to the resources that enable them to participate fully in their communities. The Bazelon Center has been at the forefront on addressing the discriminatory effects of the Character and Fitness.
Billions Institute: They exist to take what works and break records for how broadly and quickly it is spread. We have asked ourselves how we would solve the world’s most pressing problems if we only had fifty years to do it, and we are seriously pursuing the answer – committed to advancing the science of large-scale change.
Brain and Behavior Research Foundation: The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.
Bring Change 2 Mind: A foundation to counter the silence and stigma that surrounds mental illness. “One in four people are diagnosed with a mental illness at some point in their lifetime,” she says. “So why in the hell don’t we talk about it?”
Broken Light: A Photography Collective: The online photography gallery for people affected by mental illness. Broken Light’s main goal is to create a safe and accepting environment where photographers of all levels who are affected by mental health issues can display their work, as well as inspire one another to keep going and keep creating, despite the dark or scary places in which they may find themselves. Danielle Hark, the founding executive director is a passionate and fearless leader. Broken Light, newly established will be one to watch.
Families for Depression Awareness: Families for Depression Awareness is a national nonprofit organization helping families recognize and cope with depressive disorders to get people well and prevent suicides.
Hakeem Raheem: Youth Mental Health Speaker, Educator & Advocate. Transforming what students think about mental illness and mental health.
The Jed Foundation: As the nation’s leading organization working to reduce emotional distress and prevent suicide among college students, The Jed Foundation is protecting the mental health of students across the country.
The Carson J. Spencer Foundation: Was established in 2005 to preserve the memory of Carson J. Spencer, who took his life after a difficult battle with bipolar disorder on December 7, 2004. Through the continuing legacy of this foundation, we hope to honor the man that brought so much good into the world by helping others. Carson was a loving husband and father, a caring son and brother, a dynamic and successful entrepreneur, an accomplished athlete, and a friend to many. After his death, the Rocky Mountain News wrote a tribute: “Carson was a bright star that burned out too quickly.”
Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs (CoLAP): A powerful ally with the Dave Nee Foundation. CoLAP is committed to promoting both the physical and mental wellness of legal professionals. Use this link to locate a Lawyers Assistance Program or Lawyers Helping Lawyers program nearby you.
Donocle: Created by friend of Dave Nee Foundation, Katherine Mangan, Donocle is a consulting company that works with lawyers, their employers, and their clients to create solutions that help lawyers work at their highest potential.
Hope for Depression: Hope for Depression funds cutting-edge, scientific research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression and its related mood and other emotional disorders – bipolar disorder, dysthymia, postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress syndrome, anxiety disorder and suicide.
Kennedy Forum: We seek to unite the health care system, and rally the mental health community around a common set of principles: Fully implement the 2008 parity law, bring business leaders and government agencies together to eliminate issues of stigma, work with providers to guarantee equal access to care, ensure that policymakers have the tools they need to craft better policy, and give consumers a way to understand their rights.
JustBalance: JustBalance is a support site aimed at promoting the well-being of law students created for law students in Canada, applicable to law students everywhere.
Lawyers with Depression: Created for lawyers with depression by a lawyer with depression.
NAMI Metro New York City: An affiliate of National NAMI, the Metro New York affiliate is a powerful voice helping persons with mental illness, their families and organizing to end stigma.
New York State Lawyer Assistance Trust: The New York State Lawyer Assistance Trust is a permanent entity that brings statewide resources and awareness to the prevention and treatment of alcohol and substance abuse among lawyers, judges and law students.
Northeast Business Group on Health: The Northeast Business Group on Health is a network of employers, providers, insurers and other organizations working together to improve the quality and reduce the cost of health care in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
One Mind: Dedicated to benefiting all affected by brain illness and injury through fostering fundamental changes that will radically accelerate the development and implementation of improved diagnostics, treatments and cures — while eliminating the stigma that comes with mental illness.
Orlando DaSilva: Using his role as the president of the Ontario Bar Association, Orlando has publicly shared his experiences with suicide attempts and depression as a call to action and change.
Samaritans of New York: Samaritans operates the only community-based organization in the New York City metropolitan area devoted solely to preventing suicide and helping people in crisis through its confidential 24-hour suicide prevention hotline (212-673-3000) that provides immediately accessible emotional support to individuals who feel overwhelmed, depressed or suicidal; public education programs; and support groups for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
Scattergood Foundation: The Scattergood Foundation’s vision is to “be Thomas Scattergood” for the twenty-first century, seeking opportunities for productive dialogue and learning within the behavioral health field; and activating leadership and collaborative endeavors by awarding targeted grants to address important behavioral health needs in innovative ways.
Strong Minds: Strong Minds provides access to mental health services for impoverished Africans.
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education: The mission of SAVE is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC): The nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. They provide technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide. They also promote collaboration among a variety of organizations that play a role in developing the field of suicide prevention.
Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation: Our heroes in Australia. The Foundation’s objective is to decrease work related psychological ill-health in the legal community and to promote workplace psychological health and safety.
Vitality Institute: The Vitality Institute is an action-oriented global research organization working to strengthen the evidence base about what works and what doesn’t work in health promotion and disease prevention. We are uniting leaders in both the public and private sectors to transform this evidence into action and create a healthier society.