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Mental Health Support App

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BENEFITING: NoStigmas

ORGANIZER: NoStigmas

EVENT: 2016 Art Van Charity Challenge

Kate Harrison

THE STORY:

Growing up, my parents always referred to depression as "D." They were trying to shelter my brother and I from the harsh realities of the world like their own mental illnesses. However, doing so caused me to be afraid to talk about depression and only added to the stigmas that are attached to it.

At age 11, I was diagnosed with clinical depression. Throughout middle school and high school, I tried my best to hide that I was struggling with mental illness. The idea that anyone might think I was weak was terrifying.

Over the years, I became more comfortable discussing my mental health with my family and my peers. The more I educated myself, the more I came to realize how important it was to discuss difficult topics like depression regularly. 

In August of 2014, I lost my mother to suicide. She had her own struggles with mental illness that I witnessed throughout my entire childhood. The week she died, we talked openly about how we both struggled with our mental health. 

At this point, I knew that my mother was suicidal. I explained to her that I was there for her to support her and that if needed, I would admit her to a hospital. One day after our talk, I admitted her to the hospital in hopes that she would finally find the help she needed. 

However less than 48 hours later, my mother took her own life. She was unable to connect with the support she so desperately needed in time to save her life. 

Losing my mother to suicide has given me the passion and the motivation to become an advocate. Recently, I have connected with a non-profit called NoStigmas.

I have been learning how to advocate for myself, my peers and the cause. Advocating for the cause includes things like this: fundraising! NoStigmas is working on creating an app that will make it easier for people to connect to communities and resources dedicated to mental health awareness and suicide prevention. 

If you find yourself wanting to advocate for the cause like I have, please consider donating. 

I hope projects like NoStigmas can lead to a world where mental illness is accepted as any other illness. I like to think that if my mother had access to a community like NoStigmas, she may have been able to receive the support she needed to find treatment for her mental illness. 

 

$1,210

MONEY RAISED

1,101

At just $1.10 per person we support a community of nearly 50,000 individuals! What would $100K mean?
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  • Miranda

     

  • Kathy Guttmann Holdenried

     

  • Nicole Danisi

    $20

  • Christie Kerney

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • The Lucas Family

     

  • AD

     

  • Terri Shay

    $160

  • Alex & Avery

     

  • Sally and Bob Harrison

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $40

  • Langhorst Family

    $50

  • Wendy Bell

    $25

  • Tammi Janiga

    $100

  • Steph Avery

    $100

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121% Raised of $1,000 Goal

The Team: $10,135 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

NoStigmas

Amount Raised

$3,820

 

38% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jake Moore

Amount Raised

$1,575

 

79% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kate Harrison

Amount Raised

$1,210

 

121% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Anthony Hammes

Amount Raised

$1,180

 

59% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Elizabeth Clare

Amount Raised

$1,150

 

77% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kate Summers

Amount Raised

$450

 

90% Raised of $500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Laurie Kuiper

Amount Raised

$450

 

45% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Tracy Lingwai

Amount Raised

$180

Donor Comments

Steph Avery

Steph Avery

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Tammi Janiga

Tammi Janiga

DONATION: $100

In loving memory of your wonderful Mom, Becky. <3 1 year ago

Wendy Bell

Wendy Bell

DONATION: $25

In memory of Becky and in honor of Kate and what a wonderful person she is! 1 year ago

Langhorst Family

Langhorst Family

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $40

1 year ago

Sally and Bob Harrison

Sally and Bob Harrison

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Alex & Avery

Alex & Avery

In Memory of Becky Harrison 1 year ago

Terri Shay

Terri Shay

DONATION: $160

1 year ago

AD

AD

<3 1 year ago

The Lucas Family

The Lucas Family

Our love to you - now and always. We're so proud of you. 1 year ago