Power of One 2017-04-27T10:03:57+00:00

Project Description

What is your power? How have you empowered others? How do you make a difference? Have you experienced a loss and turned that loss into something powerful?

Over a decade ago, Gail and Norm Cutler set out to turn the tragedy of their daughter’s death into a national conversation about mental illness. Rebecca’s Dream was founded to honor their daughter’s memory and dream, to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Rebecca’s Dream uses it’s voice to educate about depression and bipolar disease and advocate for others living with mental illness. Mental illness can affect anyone.

How do you identify if it is just a mood or something else?

What are the signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder?

How do you help someone with a mood disorder?

What do you need to know about early psychosis and young people?

The Power of One discussion addresses all of these questions and more. This program stimulates a conversation for 7th and 8th grade students, parents, and grandparents.

Rebecca’s Dream will continue to use their power to help others. To bring this program to your community contact Rebecca’s Dream.


On behalf of the staff and students of Solomon Schechter Day School, please accept these letters as a token of our appreciation for sharing your story during our Power of One Program, Know that the words in these letters, even the ones with spelling and grammar errors, represent the heartfelt feelings of a group of students who were moved deeply by what you had to say. Some of the letters truly amaze us; clearly your message resonated with many of the students. It has been about two weeks since the Power of One Program. Sometimes fifth through eighth graders do not retain what we teach them. Rest assured that the message you shared is being retained.

Solomon Schechter Middle School Teaching Staff

“I would first like to thank you for coming all the way to my school to speak. I would also like to thank you for helping me by more familiar with the disease of depression and how it is a sickness that affects some people. Because you talked to me about your daughter, her dream, and depression, I feel like I can really help others learn too because of your opening my eyes to depression and bipolar disease. I know that I can teach others to be more aware, now that I know about it. You should know that you really make a difference by talking to children and others like me and you have definitely changed the face of depression. Know that what you are doing is inspiring and meaningful, and keep going!” Thank you.

8th grader

I attended your presentation on depression and bipolar disease during the Power of One event and was deeply moved by your commitment to combating mental illness…I applaud your dedication in championing this cause and for sharing your personal experiences and losses. Thank you for inspiring all of us, and proving that the Power of One can truly change our world.”

Solomon Schechter Day School Teacher

“Thank you for coming to my school. Thank you so much; I truly appreciate you coming. I learned a lot from you, and I love the idea of your charity.”

7th grader

Thank you for coming to speak to us at school about depression. It really touched my hearty. I finally got to understand what depression really is and that it’s a sickness for some people out there in the world. I most definitely learned a lot.

7th grader

Thank you for coming and telling us about Rebecca’s Dream. Thank you for educating us about depression, and teaching us how it is a disease. We were truly amazed by how much strength and hope Rebecca’s Dream has given people, we are all supportive of what you do.

7th grader


Rebecca’s Dream’s 13th Annual Benefit

February 24, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm