Minding Your Mind
Enlightening Attitudes Towards Mental Health
Minding Your Mind’s primary objective is to improve the lives of adolescents with mental health issues by eliminating the negative attitudes and behaviors perpetuated by stigma of mental health problems. To this end, we provide direct support and technical assistance to initiatives that advance public awareness, encourage treatment and promote recovery of mental health issues. Our priorities are in the following three areas:
Through our Speaker Program, we have reached thousands of college, high school and middle school students throughout the Philadelphia area. Our speakers--dynamic young adults who have struggled with mental health issues--visit schools and other organizations to share their stories and recovery. The presentations, which are free of charge to the school, occur during school assemblies, health classes and workshops. Issues that are addressed in these presentations range from mood disorders, suicide ideation and eating disorders, to addictive behavior and bullying. Our speakers have all received training to insure that their presentations are delivered in a professional and knowledgeable fashion. These speakers are inspiring and provide the students with a better understanding of the signs and symptoms of mental disorders, emphasizing that they are treatable and that help is available.
Our forums continue to attract close to 1,000 attendees. Increased funding will assist our efforts to build attendance, particularly among our community’s most vulnerable populations, and increase the information and services available throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. Our forums help diminish the stigma of mental health disorders while increasing public awareness of the impact of mental health issues on individuals, families, and society-at-large.
Preventing the progression of depression and other chronic mental health disorders is one of the top priorities for Minding Your Mind. To this end, Minding Your Mind supports the work of Dr. Charles P. O'Brien, who is founder and immediate past director of the prestiguous Center for Addiction Treatment at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The Center for Addiction Treatment offers state-of-the-art addiction treatment provided by nationally renowned experts in the field. Their goal is to provide the highest possible quality of addiction treatment while helping you to regain control of your life.