We are passionate and committed to our mission of Bridging the Gap to Mental Health Awareness. Our goal is to provide a network of critical resources including support systems, educational opportunities and wellness strategies to those who live with mental illness, and the devastating effects of suicide. We remain dedicated to dispelling the myths that surround this disease to ensure all who suffer have access to the treatment options they so desperately need. 

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You never have to face the world alone. Here are some Suicide Prevention resources:


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.



The National Alliance on Mental Illness

The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. 


Friends Hospital


On 100 beautiful acres in Northeast Philadelphia stands Friends Hospital, one of America’s oldest hospitals and the first private non-profit institution in the country, founded exclusively to help persons with mental illness.  


Mental Health Conditions Defined 

Use this section to better identify yours or your loved one's specific mental health condition in order to seek appropriate treatment:


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Symptoms may include flashbacks and nightmares; emotional numbness and avoidance; difficulty sleeping and concentrating, feeling jumpy, and being easily irritated. Most people recover from their experiences, but people who have PTSD continue to be severely depressed and anxious for months—or even years—following the event. 

Learn More about PTSD

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder: 

A disorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs. More than 3 million US cases per year Each episode usually lasts days to weeks at a time. Episodes may occur several times a year or throughout the year.


Major Depressive Disorder:

Depression is more than just feeling sad or going through a rough patch. It’s a serious mental health condition that requires understanding, treatment and a good recovery plan. With early detection, diagnosis and a treatment plan consisting of medication, psychotherapy and lifestyle choices, many people get better. But left untreated, depression can be devastating, both for the people who have it and for their families.  



Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that interferes with a person’s ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions and relate to others. It is a complex, long-term medical illness, affecting about 1% of Americans. 

"I've personally been affected by this disease. I lost a very close family member to suicide in a way you can't even imagine. I can not let another soul suffer or lose their battle with this devestating disease. BiPolar Disorder is what caused this deplorable event to happen in my life, so I made a promise to try to help others by sharing my story, my strength, and my hope, while educating anyone who is seeking help to manage mental illness. Many of us have been affected by this disease or know someone who has. We, or they, just don't talk about it enough, often times we don't even recognize the signs. My vow is to #StopTheVoices and #StopTheStigma ! I personally THANK YOU for your support.  

-Debra Michaels, Founder, Yo Cuz! Foundation


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