The Mental Health Coalition was formed to address the devastating stigma associated with mental health conditions. These are unprecedented times, which call for solidarity and unification. In response, we convened a virtual meeting with our Founding Partners and key advisors to share ideas and identify leverage-able resources to best address the mental health of our nation during this public health threat.
We are proud to announce that we stand together, united and strong. The Coalition has committed itself to making a difference to a perpetually under-served population. For self-care tips and information on how to support your mental health during this pandemic:
There is a coalition of the most respected and influential nonprofits, brands, businesses, influencers and high-profile figures in the entertainment, creative and media space working together to end the stigma against mental illness.
And there is a role for you to play.
Bring Change to Mind (BC2M) was established in 2010 to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. BC2M, co-founded by award-winning actor Glenn Close, works to build awareness, understanding and empathy to inspire change and ultimately create a new culture. We work to open conversations and amplify the voice of others, as their experiences and stories can transform feelings of isolation and despair into feelings of community and hope. BC2M developed an evidenced-based peer led High School Program that is effectively changing the lives of the young people involved. BC2M is a trusted ally in the conversation about mental illness and openly collaborates with other mental health professionals, academics, resources and advocates to grow this consequential movement.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most.
Crisis Text Line: Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, confidential support at your fingertips. www.crisistextline.org. Text 741741 to be connected to a live, trained Crisis Counselor.
JED is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. JED partners with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance misuse and suicide prevention programs and systems; equips teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other; and encourages community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.
Mental Health America is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal.
NAMI is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the U.S. providing advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental health conditions can build better lives.
The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people. The organization works to save young lives by providing support through free and confidential suicide prevention and crisis intervention programs on platforms where young people spend their time: a 24/7 phone lifeline, chat, text and soon-to-come integrations with social media platforms. The organization also runs TrevorSpace, the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, and operates innovative education, research, and advocacy programs.
The Anxiety and Depression Association (ADAA) focuses on improving quality of life for those with anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders through education, practice, and research. ADAA helps people find treatment, resources, and support. ADAA strives to improve patient care by promoting implementation of evidence-based treatments and best practices across disciplines through continuing education and trainings and accelerating dissemination of research into practice. ADAA promotes scientific innovation and engages a diverse network of basic and clinical anxiety and depression researchers and providers encouraging the implementation of new treatments to clinicians. These commitments drive ADAA’s promise to find new treatments and one day prevent and cure these disorders.
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. BBRF funds cutting-edge research which would not otherwise receive support and awards our grants to scientists around the world. The high quality of the research we fund is made possible by the BBRF Scientific Council. This group of 184 prominent mental health researchers reviews each grant application and selects the most promising ideas with the greatest potential to lead to breakthroughs. The Scientific Council guides the Foundation to fund creative and impactful basic, translational, and clinical research relevant to all psychiatric conditions.
National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services. Together with our 3,326 member organizations serving over 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery
Headstrong, founded in 2012, heals the hidden wounds of war by providing cost-free, bureaucracy-free, stigma-free, confidential, and effective mental health treatment for post-9/11 veterans and their families. In partnership with Weill Cornell Medicine, one of the nation’s leading mental health care centers, Headstrong developed and is implementing individually-tailored and comprehensive treatment programs for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and related military trauma.
Active Minds is the nation's leading nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for young adults. Powered by a network on more than 800 high school and college campuses, in workplaces and communities, and through a widespread public audience, Active Minds is creating communities of support and saving lives. Together, we can change the conversation about mental health.
Well Being Trust is an impact philanthropy dedicated to advancing the mental, social and spiritual health of the nation. Our focus is integrated whole person care, advocating for affordable access to mental health services, and creating the vital community conditions for intergenerational well-being.
This powerful coalition is called The Mental Health Coalition: its goals are to shine a light on the severity of
the situation, address the devastating stigma associated with so many living with mental health conditions and build a community that engages various stakeholders and attaches critical resources to extraordinary needs.
We are building a creative platform with the most resourceful minds in design and media to help shine a significant light on this important issue. Together we will roll out this new innovative platform.