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More than one out of every one hundred deaths in the US is by suicide. That is more people than die in car accidents. Studies have shown that stigma is one of the key barriers to people seeking treatment for mental health. No Shame On U is addressing the need to eliminate the stigma associated with mental health in the Jewish community and beyond and providing a platform to raise awareness for mental health issues. The goal is for the people who need help to seek it, for family members and friends to know how to provide proper support and for lives to be saved.
No Shame On U, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was an accepted member in the JCC PresenTense Chicago 2014 Fellowship Cohort. Since launching at the PresenTense June event, No Shame On U has been promoted on WGN News, was featured as a cover story for the Chicago Jewish News, appeared on the Brandon Marshall Foundation blog and spotlighted in Oy Chicago’s Tikkun Olam online series. In addition, No Shame On U has amassed over 12,000 Facebook followers. No Shame On U has been positively received by the public, having been contacted by hundreds of people from around the country looking for support and resources. One such example of recent feedback is the following comment that makes us so proud and is the reason we work in this field: ”Thank you, so much, for your informative and potentially life-saving reply!”
What Will You Do with the Money?
No Shame On U will use the funds to reach numerous constituents in the Jewish community and beyond including Hillel students, day schools, synagogue members, JCC families, and other JUF agencies. No Shame On U will disseminate print literature, ads and online materials, to raise awareness, publicize resources and normalize the conversation concerning mental health.
A portion of these materials will include promotion of No Shame On U’s fall event. The event will feature Kevin Briggs “Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge” as our inaugural speaker. We expect this event to generate a buzz in the Jewish community and beyond, making significant progress towards eliminating the stigma associated with mental health.
Please note, all donations are tax deductible.
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