NoStigmas

Don't Face It Alone

Chicago, IL   |  https://nostigmas.org/

Mission

Our mission is to ensure that no one faces mental health challenges alone. We envision a world without shame or discrimination related to mental health, brain disease, behavioral disorders, trauma, suicide and addiction with universal access to mental health education, support, and resources. We aim to cultivate the go-to peer support community and be the driving force behind a positive shift in perspective by fostering a culture of inclusion and empowerment -- creating a world with NoStigmas.

Ruling year info

2012

Founder & CEO

Mr. Jacob Moore

Main address

ATTN Jacob Moore 301 W Grand Ave #255

Chicago, IL 60654 USA

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EIN

45-1343051

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Quite simply, those who have support tend to live more fulfilling lives and are less likely to die by suicide. Here are some people your support will help: People who are uninsured or have limited access to traditional healthcare Those living with a mental illness, substance use disorder, post-traumatic stress, self-harm and anxiety disorders Caretakers of those in need of support The LGBT, military and immigrant communities The most common complaint we hear is, “I’ve searched for hours/days and can’t find the information I need to help myself/a loved one.” Help us continue to cultivate these resources and support and ever-growing peer support network!

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

NoStigmas Ally Program

The Ally Program is a peer-driven initiative to educate, support and empower those affected by mental health and suicide-related issues. These goals are reflected in the core program components: Ally Training, Ally Groups and Ally Experiences.

The Ally Training is a one-of-a-kind course comprised of three modules: Self-care, Peer Support and Advocacy. Taught through the lens of lived expertise, the course is validated by licensed mental health professionals and offered as both a free online course and an in-person workshop available to schools, community organizations and employers.

Ally Groups are facilitated as both an online group and in-person meetups. Focused on activity-based interactions, the groups are a safe place for members to explore wellness modalities and share personal experiences. All groups are led by certified Ally Leaders who have completed the Ally Training and supported by NoStigmas' staff.

Ally Experiences rage from community events and fundraisers to performances and other forms of self-expression. As an outward expression of personal experiences, these events help to show the true face of mental health by normalizing and celebrating a traditionally stigmatized group of individuals.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Ally Built, Ally Run
NoStigmas was built by people with “lived-experiences” related to brain disease, behavioral disorders, trauma, suicide,addiction and other mental health challenges. We are committed to honoring that legacy with a peer-driven staff and volunteer team.

Perpetual Giving
We are committed to providing the Ally Program at no cost to need-based individuals and communities. We pledge to continually create new programming relevant to the needs of those in our community. Above all, we pledge to perpetually give of our time, content and resources.

Lead by Example
We will continue to live out our mission by fostering an organizational culture that reflects NoStigmas’ Core Values and the Ally Training model of Self-care, Peer Support and Advocacy. Team members will be supported throughout their mental health journey in order to balance both individual and organizational needs. Through this practice, NoStigmas will become the shining example of anti-stigmatization across the world by empowering thought leadership, diversity and inclusion.

Over the next 10 years, NoStigmas will grow to be the “hub of empowerment” which disseminates a replicable franchise model through our members, existing networks and partner organizations. Utilizing outreach and marketing, events and collaborations will support the expansion and strengthening of the NoStigmas Network as outlined in the NoStigmas Advancement Strategy. This approach allows us to effectively crowdsource support and utilize our global network to drive resource growth at the local level where it is most needed.

We will continue to utilize technology as a vehicle for facilitating human-to-human interaction. Through partnerships like Headspace, Betterhelp, Meetup.com and WeWork, we can accomplish our vision of building a global virtual network supported by local in-person action. Additionally, we seek to remain on the forefront of ever-changing mediums like app-based support, virtual and augmented reality and yet-to-be-developed technologies in order to continue to connect with people wherever they are seeking support.

Beyond mental health, we seek to expand our scope to be inclusive of all stigmatized and marginalized individuals and groups. Not only does this honor our namesake, but allows for continual growth through new communities and channels.

Ally Member Driven
While providing support services to community members, we will simultaneously empower them to be ambassadors, group leaders, event coordinators and fundraisers. Through the use of Ally Toolkits, automated internal systems and external infrastructures like Meetup.com we are able to collaborate, create and manage a potentially unlimited number of individuals who drive our mission forward. This allows for each community action to be standardized, yet customized at the local level, creating a more impactful form of support.

Global Partner Alliances
We seek to develop strategic global partner alliance relationships with key global partners who align with our vision in order to grow the NoStigmas Network and disseminate support resources and the Ally Program on a grand scale. Target Global Alliances include:

- NoStigmas Country Chapters
- Governmental agencies
- Multinational corporations
- International brands
- Global charities and NGOs
- Media networks and channels
- Celebrities, public figures and influencers

By continuing to develop branding, media and programming that is attractive to and provides benefits for potential Global Allies, we have the opportunity to exponentially grow the NoStigmas Network.

Community Partner Alliances
As outlined in the Community Partner Alliance overview, our methodology for localized growth is through the formation of community-based partner alliances with existing community infrastructures. By disseminating Ally Toolkits- which include models for staff training, communication templates, marketing materials, and support resources- we are able to utilize established community networks and integrate them with our own. Target Community Alliances include:

- Educational institutions
- Local government agencies
- Community organizations
- Small and medium businesses
- Existing Meetup groups
- Clubs and associations

By merging existing communities with the NoStigmas Network we are not only able to provide support in areas where we did not previously have access, but also expand our scope of influence and increase awareness of the NoStigmas brand.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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NoStigmas

Board of directors
as of 9/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jacob Moore

Anthony Hammes

Mepco

Michael Slovitt

Berkadia

Ray Folkiins

NoStigmas Canada

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No