Together, we're changing the narrative around mental health & substance use disorders.



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Why Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders?

Mental health impacts everyone. All social classes, all races, all professions, all genders. The stark reality is that one in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year.

One in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year. One in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year. By age 14, 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins; and 75% by age 24. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34. *Sourced from National Alliance on Mental Illness 2022

Stigma is a problem that prevents policymakers from crafting laws free of discrimination and stops health care workers and first responders from providing the best possible care. Stigma keeps people from seeking the treatment they need, robs them of their joy in life, their well-being, and worst case, results in ultimate harm. This narrative needs to change.

We are an organization that believes in the power of connection. We exist to unite institutions and organizations working in the mental health and substance use disorders space to create resources, generate funding, bring clarifying awareness, and address the issues around mental health and substance use disorders. Together, we will pose a grand challenge to our friends, family, employers, health care providers and governments to end the stigma around mental health and substance-use disorders to establish true well-being.

our mission

To unite our passion, drive and expertise into powerful strategic actions that end the stigma around mental health and substance use disorders.

our vision

A country free of stigma, with the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors that supports everyone with mental health and substance use disorders. 

our leadership

Our leadership is a diverse group of individuals united by their passion to stop stigma surrounding mental health & substance use disorders.  Meet them here! 


The numbers speak for themselves. See the mental health and substance abuse trends impacting individuals across the United States. Hear some of their stories.


stig·​ma [noun]

  • A set of negative and unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something
  • A mark of shame or discredit
  • An identifying mark or characteristic
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