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Funding of Re:Think | Eliminate Mental Health Stigma

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EVENT DATE: Jul 26, 2017

William Widener

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The recent sudden suicides of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington are putting a spotlight on mental illness. Everyday 22 veterans commit suicide. As someone who experiences the same illness as all of them, I have created Re:Think, a community program to promote conversation, education, and solutions to the scrutiny and stigma associated with individuals with mental illness. This stigma is the #1 reason why people do not get help for their illness These funds will be used in four primary ways: to support education of mental health experts, to create community ads to educate the community, develop community services to support people, and lobby legislators to pass laws helping this population. It is the goal of this program to ensure at least 90% of funds raised are used for support services. Mental health clinicians are the lowest paid specialty in medicine. As a result, are too many patients and not enough providers. We want to incentivize people to go into this specialty and funding will help this. Also, the D.A.R.E. program, TRUTH program and several others have been great in changing behaviors of our communities. Crowdrise funds will be used to mimic their strategy to change the stigma of mental illness along with helping families and friends recognize the signs of suicide. Finally, funds will be used for administrative purposes in order to help us change legislation in order to support those with mental illness instead of against them. Please support our cause. You may save a life.

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