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The iMatter Anti-Stigma Campaign aims to decrease stigmas and open up the conversation that everyone deals with mental health from a variety of different perspectives regardless of demographics, environments or experiences.

 

In the following stories, you’ll hear from people from all walks of life. Their stories might sound like yours or someone you know. Resoundingly, you’ll also hear messages of hope.

 

We hope that the iMatter Anti-Stigma Campaign begins to eliminate the stigma around mental health, and beyond that, show you the strength of the human spirit, the power in community and connection and that you are not alone.  For those interested in sharing their personal story around mental health, please contact Courtney Soule using the following email address: csoule@greatlakesbay.org.

 

If you or someone you know is struggling, call the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or text BELONG to 741741.

Videos

Dr. Ashley Ghose

After experiencing burnout, anxiety, and learning about having high-functioning partial dyslexia later in life, Dr. Ashley Ghose details how therapy and development coaching have helped her overcome life’s roadblocks.

Click here for the video and more information about Dr. Ashley Ghose.

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Matt Felan

Matt Felan shares his story about supporting a family member with mental health concerns and being proud of their ability to ask for help.

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Seth Perigo

Therapy in any form is an important tool in maintaining mental health. Seth Perigo shares how it’s become a regular part of his routine and the benefits he’s experienced from talking to someone.

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Hannah Maine

Finally putting a diagnosis to feelings of anxiety and depression in college helped Hannah Maine move forward. She is now a champion for normalizing and talking about mental health, and hosts a podcast called Totally Mental.

Click here for the video and for more information about Hannah Maine.

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J.W. Fisher

J.W. Fisher discusses the unique position employers are in to address mental health and shares why he implemented a workplace mental health program.

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Rob Vallentine

Rob Vallentine shares how therapy has played an important role in overcoming childhood sexual abuse. He is open about sharing his story because he knows that stigma loves silence.

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  Articles  

Aimee Allen

After significant loss in high school, Aimee Allen started struggling with mental health, finding her way back through therapy, self-care and self-esteem.

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Hannah Maine

Finally putting a diagnosis to feelings of anxiety and depression in college helped Hannah Maine move forward. She is now a champion for normalizing and talking about mental health, and hosts a podcast called Totally Mental.

Click here for the article and for more information about Hannah Maine.

Courtney Soule

Taking a holistic approach to brain and body health is how Courtney Soule manages multiple sclerosis, an incurable autoimmune disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord. 

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Monica Burton

Monica Burton, BSHS/M, shares her experience with PTSD and MST after a career in the military and the inspiration behind pursuing a career in the mental health field.

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Sue Smith

Sue Smith talks about dealing with bipolar disorder and how she has found and created a community by starting a support group to help and connect with others in the region.

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Mark Bassett

Mark Bassett shares how therapy has played an important role in overcoming negative thoughts and self-talk.

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Isaac Dieterman

A story of overcoming substance use, Isaac Dieterman is now a counselor helping others on their path to a better life.

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Beth Sorenson Prince

Many women experience postpartum issues with mental health. Beth Sorenson Prince shares her experience with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD) and brings hope to other mothers.

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Resources for K-12 Schools

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iMATTER TOOLKIT

This toolkit contains a variety of resources to help each school building implement a successful campaign aimed at raising awareness of mental health and acceptance of mental illness.  Click on the link above to download the toolkit.

iMATTER VIDEO

Click on the play button on the image to view the video.  You can also download the video by clicking the download button as the video plays.

iMatter Logo

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iMATTER LOGO (PNG FILE WITH NO BACKGROUND)

iMATTER LOGO (JPG FILE WITH WHITE BACKGROUND)

The above links are downloadable versions of the iMatter logo.  Click on the links above to download the logo with no background or a white background.

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To connect or to ask questions, contact us at: msamocki@greatlakesbay.org

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