2011 GRANT AWARDEES
This project targets 8th graders through high-school sophomores in an exciting and innovative way, allowing teachers the opportunity to explore the subject in more detail.
The mission of Erika’s Lighthouse is to help break the stigma surrounding depression so that those suffering can get the help they need.
Families for Depression Awareness
Families for Depression Awareness will use the funding for the project “Speak Out Against Stigma.” Photographs of speakers together with their stories will help break the stigma of silence surrounding depression and bipolar disorder.
The emphasis will be on mental-health care experiences emphasizing the impact of depressive disorders on families and the need for effective diagnosis, treatment and health care coverage.
Interviews will appear through print, audio and video formats for long-term access and promotion in the public media and press. The mission of Families for Depression Awareness is to help families recognize and cope with depressive disorders through education, training and support.
Erasing the Distance
Erasing the Distance will use the grant award to help create a custom theatrical production sharing 5 true stories of young women impacted by depression and bipolar disorder.
This original production will occur during Mental Health Awareness Month in May 2012 at a major Chicago theatrical venue, on multiple days/evenings and performed by members of the professional acting ensemble of Erasing the Distance, including facilitated dialogues and free access to mental health information and resources.
The mission of Erasing the Distance is to use the power of performance to disarm the stigma of mental illness, spark dialogue, generate understanding and ignite the healing process.