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THE QUELL FOUNDATION

"If you had a friend or a loved one who could not see the light at the end of the tunnel, would you go and sit with them in the dark?"

NORTH FALMOUTH, MA   |  thequellfoundation.org

Mission

The Quell Foundation strives to reduce the number of suicides, overdoses and incarcerations of people with mental health illness. We work to accomplish this by encouraging people to share their stories, increasing access to mental health services, providing a pipeline of future mental health care professionals with scholarships, and training first responders to recognize mental health crisis warning signs amongst their own.

Ruling year info

2016

President/CEO

Kevin M. Lynch

Main address

P.O. Box 1924

NORTH FALMOUTH, MA 02556 USA

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EIN

47-5127883

NTEE code info

Mental Health Association, Multipurpose (F80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Quell Foundation addresses the following access barriers to treatment for mental health issues: Social stigma around mental health Shortage of mental health care providers – MHCP’s By eliminating the stigma around mental health issues, individuals are more inclined to seek treatment and less likely to engage in self-medicating behaviors. This alone will reduce the number of suicides, overdoses and incarceration of people living with a mental health illness. When we are successful in normalizing the conversation, a greater demand is placed on the current dearth of providers. This workforce shortage increasingly becomes another parallel problem to address. Expanding the feeder system of MHCP’s will increase care access points and decrease the deleterious outcomes consistent with excessive wait times. In the U.S., 77% of counties have a shortage of mental health professionals. Providers are needed to not only replace our aging population of MHCP’s, but to grow with future demand.

Our programs

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

Quell Scholars

We believe education is key to understanding, supporting, and generating awareness of the mental health issues millions of people face today. We offer the following scholarships to further spread our message:

Survivor Scholarship: Awarded to students who have experienced the devastating loss of a parent, caregiver, or sibling to suicide.

First Responder Legacy Scholarship: Awarded to students who have experienced the devastating loss of a parent who served as a first responder.

Fighter Scholarship: Awarded to students that are being treated for a diagnosed mental health condition.

Bridge the Gap Scholarship: Awarded to students pursuing a degree in psychology, social work or other fields of study related to the provision of mental health services.

Population(s) Served
Students

Through vivid storytelling and direct testimony, Portraits of Life With Mental Illness takes us into the lives of a diverse group of people living with mental illness and the people who provide much of their care.

The stories reveal systemic problems facing people who struggle with mental health. They discuss how the criminal justice system is ill-prepared and under-resourced to help those who end up in court or incarcerated primarily due to mental illness. They tell of the difficulty of finding and maintaining medications that work and getting access to proper and timely treatment, often due to a severe shortage of mental health providers. They tell of how family and friends struggled to understand and finally came to understand them.

The film focuses on the lived experiences of each subject, some of whom are lifting the mask by telling their stories publicly for the first time.

Population(s) Served
Adults

There has never been a more critical time to address the mental health of our nation’s healthcare professionals on the frontline of this pandemic. COVID-19 aside, medical professionals are already at high risk for suicide. Although it is important that medical professionals are able to tend to their patients, it is just as important that their own health and well-being is cared for first.

To support the mental health of frontline medical professionals, The Quell Foundation’s new podcast, entitled “Lift the Mask: Voices of Heroes in the Silent Pandemic,” provides a platform for our nation's healthcare workers to discuss their compounding psychological and physical trauma associated with working on the frontlines of this COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the podcast, mental health professionals engage with our guests to provide advice on how they might practice self help and coping skills while they continue to work on the front lines.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Through vivid storytelling, First Responders Sound the Alarm provides insight into the lives of the first responder community, their families, and the people they touch through their daily activities. The goal of this project is to reveal the mental health crisis that many of our first responders live with daily. We explore the personal and professional implications associated with this profession including suicide, alcohol abuse, divorce and financial hardships. Participants will discuss the lack of resources and negative implications associated with seeking treatment.

This documentary highlighting the mental health of our nation's first responders serve as a crucial educational and awareness tool in aiding Quell to achieve its mission. We strive to normalize the conversation within our first responder's communities, train them to recognize mental health crisis warning signs amongst their own and create awareness of the correlation between occupational exposure and suicide rates.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Emergency responders

It is crucial that the public is aware that while what our nations first responders do is selfless and courageous, it comes at a great cost. These very public servants are more likely to die by suicide than performing their line-of-duty life-saving roles. Unfortunately, the stigma associated with questionable mental health prevents many from seeking necessary treatment and leaders providing it. In fact, about half of first responders feel there are negative consequences for seeking help with their mental health (Kennedy-Hansen, 2020).

To help first responders cope with the cumulative trauma associated with working as a first responder, The Quell Foundation is developing its First Responder Resilience Project, designed to normalize a new culture for mental wellness in the first responder community by building resilient mindsets at work, home and into retirement through trusted and proven educational resources.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Adults

To meet the maldistribution of mental healthcare among underserved communities, The Quell Foundation is supporting the research, writing, and implementation of enhanced coursework for psychiatry residents. This curriculum will focus on training future psychiatrists to deliver integrated care to underprivileged populations. Included will be strategies necessary to address the needs of the Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) community as well as the needs of other historically underprivileged and underserved communities. Program learning objectives include:

• Training of psychiatrists that involves providing care that is equitable among diverse populations
• Delivery of support to underserved communities, specifically BIPOC populations
• An integrative patient care model that collaborates with a non-psychiatric healthcare provider and includes a contingency plan
• Help to train non-psychiatric providers with the tools and knowledge needed to care for underserved populations

Population(s) Served
Students
Adults

In 2021, 1 in 3 young adults ages 18 to 25 experienced a mental health challenge. In the same year, only 44.6% of this population received mental health services. While there have been impressive strides to reduce mental health stigma, college counseling centers are now struggling to meet the escalating and evolving demand for services. Emphasizing preventative measures and peer-to-peer support is critical to encourage the effective management of symptoms.

A nuanced approach to mental health care on college campuses first involves acknowledging the diverse stressors faced by young adults. Initiatives such as the student-led Lift the Mask Club model strive to not only normalize mental health experiences, but also foster an environment where peers feel encouraged to seek professional resources when needed. The clubs aim to normalize difficult conversations but as well as enhance existing campus resources.

Population(s) Served
Students

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of scholarship distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Quell Scholars

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Cumulative dollar amount of scholarships distributed.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

The Quell Foundation was founded to reduce the stigma around having an illness of the brain. We work to reduce the number of suicides, overdoses and incarcerations of people who live daily with the challenges that come with having a mental illness. Our goals of normalizing the conversation surrounding mental health fall within 3 pillars:

Access:
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 people live with a mental illness. 77% of United States counties are experiencing a shortage in psychiatric services (Merritt-Hawkins, 2020), and a recent study showed that the average wait time to see a psychiatrist in the United States is 25 days, and many patients in the study waited more than 90 days to receive treatment (Schlozman, 2021). We know conclusively that in the absence of treatment, people will self-medicate.

We aim to increase access to mental health services by developing a feeder system of future mental health care professionals and providing them with academic scholarships. We also support programs that train psychiatrists to deliver integrated care to historically underserved communities in which mental healthcare is diminished.

Awareness:
We aim to change public perceptions and increase awareness of mental illness. All too often, individuals struggling with a mental health diagnosis are labeled as “crazy” or “scary due to stigma and lack of understanding. We encourage others to lift their mask and seek help when they are struggling with a mental health issue.

Training:
37% of our nation’s first responders have contemplated suicide (nearly 10 times the rate of American adults) (SAMHSA, 2018) and are more likely to commit suicide than die in the line of duty (Tiesman, Elkins, Brown, et al., 2021). We aim to train our first responder community to recognize signs of mental health distress among their own.

The Quell Foundation operates under three pillars to execute our mission in reducing the stigma of mental illness.

Access:
To increase the number of clinicians in the mental health field, The Quell Foundation awards the Bridge the Gap Scholarship as part of The Quell Foundation’s prestigious scholarship program. This award is given to students pursuing a degree in fields of study related to the provision of mental health services.

To address the shortage of mental healthcare within historically underprivileged populations, The Quell Foundation, in partnership with the University of Washington, is developing a psychiatry curriculum that trains residents to deliver integrated care to populations of the Black, Indigineous People of Color (BIPOC) community and other underserved populations. The program expands the use of telepsychiatry and employs an interdisciplinary model by incorporating other support specialists and paraprofessionals.

Awareness:
The Quell Foundation’s “I AM” campaign gives people the opportunity to change the image of mental health stigma by lifting their mask. By revealing their experiences living with a mental health diagnosis, this campaign allows individuals to help normalize the conversation surrounding mental illness.

The Quell Foundation’s Lift the Mask: Portraits of Mental Illness documentary portrays a diverse group of people living with mental illness. Through vivid storytelling, the documentary provides a platform for the subjects and their caregivers to relate their experiences. The film focuses on the lived experiences of each subject, some of whom are “lifting the mask” by telling their stories publicly for the first time. Detailed interviews and examinations of their lives capture the struggles, as well as the joys and triumphs of those affected by mental health issues.

The Quell Foundation’s Lift the Mask: Sound the Alarm documentary provides insight into the lives and the experiences of the first responder community. The documentary highlighting our nation's first responder’s mental health that will serve as a crucial educational and awareness tool in aiding The Quell Foundation to achieve its mission in to normalizing the conversation within first responder communities and creating awareness to the correlation between occupational exposure and suicide rates.


Training:
The Quell Foundation’s First Responder Resilience Project is normalizing a new culture for mental wellness in the first responder community by building resilient mindsets at work, home and into retirement through trusted and proven educational resources. We are currently engaging with Fire, Law Enforcement, Dispatch call centers and EMS departments across the country, considered to be in high-risk communities where violence, substance abuse and suicide rates are rising. The program will reduce the stigma of mental health in the first responder community while providing accessible resources and self-help tools to combat trauma.

In order to accomplish its goals, The Quell Foundation relies on partnerships, financial support, leadership, and awareness and fundraising events to help further execute its mission.

Institutional partnerships:
• Becker College
• Hartford Healthcare
• Hershey Medical Center manuscript development
• Innovatel Health
• Lynn University
• Nova Southeastern University
• Pennsylvania State University
• Stable Place Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
• The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod
• University of Central Florida
• University of Minnesota
• University of Washington School of Medicine

Financial support:
• AbleTo
• AmerisourceBergan
• The Aetna Foundation
• Catasys
• CVS Health
• Forefront Healthcare
• Magellan Health, Inc.
• Mckinsey & Company
• MOD
• The Kennedy Forum
• U.S. Bancorp
• Zudy

Leadership:
• Board of Directors – Seven-member board
Composed of senior executives in the fields of Telehealth, Healthcare, Finance, Community Relations,
Marketing and Business Law.
• Executive Advisory Board – Ten-member board
Oversight of program development and market research
• Junior Board of Directors – Fifteen-member board
Comprised of appointed current and alumni Quell scholarship recipients
Work toward engaging students and supporters and help to conduct the Foundation’s mission initiatives
through leadership and volunteerism

Volunteer Program:
• Event support
• Peer to peer mentor program
• Career mentoring program
• Marketing and communications

Awareness and Fundraising events:
• Masquerade Ball
• Falmouth Road Race
• New York Marathon
• Boston Marathon
• San Antonio, TX “Glow On” fun run
• Heels With Hope Women’s Conference
• 9/11 Ride of Hope

Speaking engagements:
• Panel II: Deepening the Conversation on Mental Health, Making Health Care Better, The White House
• Commencement Speaker, Pennsylvania State University College of Health and Human Development
• Quartet’s Prestigious Speakers Series
• The Higher Education Suicide Prevention Conference
• Mental Health America National Conference Presentation

What we have accomplished so far:

Scholarship Program
The Quell Foundation provides scholarships to students attending over 480 colleges and universities across all 50 states. Currently, The Quell Foundation has distributed over $2.6 million in scholarships.

Lift the Mask: Portraits of Life with Mental Illness Documentary
The Quell Foundation's educational documentary, "Lift the Mask - Portraits of Life with Mental Illness," is part of a national study to determine the efficacy of the film's ability to positively influence behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs around mental health. The documentary has been screened at locations across the country, including university campuses, government agencies, and corporate wellness events. After viewing the documentary, over 1,000 viewers voluntarily participated in a pre and post survey to share feedback about their experiences and opinions on mental health. After viewing the film, stigma related to mental health conditions was significantly reduced for both people in the mental health profession and those outside the profession. After viewing, people who reported having been diagnosed with a mental health condition reported being more likely to disclose their mental illness to their friends (72.3%) and family (67.2%).

Equine-Assisted Therapy Program
Started in 2018, in partnership with Nova Southeastern University, The Quell Foundation funded a program measuring the effectiveness of equine therapy facilitated for at-risk youth under the guardianship of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

Masquerade Ball
Each year, The Quell Foundation hosts a charitable Masquerade Ball to raise funds for our programs and reduce the stigma of mental health illness through individual storytelling.

Falmouth Road Race
Every year, The Quell Foundation participates in the Falmouth Road Race to spread the word about The Quell Foundation, and our mission to further reduce the stigma around mental health. Every year, multiple runners participate for The Quell Foundation who support our mission and help us raise money.

Podcast
The Quell Foundation released a podcast to support the mental wellness of frontline medical professionals working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The podcast has been downloaded by over 6,000 individuals in 21 countries in 5 continents.


What's Next:

Lift the Mask: Sound the Alarm Documentary
A sequel to our Lift the Mask, Portraits of Life with Mental Illness documentary that focuses on the experiences of first responders, who are currently experiencing the 6th highest suicide rate by occupation.

Residency program
Funding a residency program.

First Responder Resiliency Project
The Quell Foundation is developing its First Responder Resiliency Project designed to normalize a new culture for mental wellness in the first responder community by building resilient mindsets at work, home and into retirement through trusted and proven educational resources.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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

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THE QUELL FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 03/14/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kevin Lynch

Mike Brown, Esq.

Reba Dominski

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Carrah Kalat

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John Stanley

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Lauren Webb

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Garth Graham

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Jean Kanakogi

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Doug Monda

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Doug Muldoon

Palm Bay Police Department (Ret.)

Varun Coudhary

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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 ? No
  • 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