LuLaRoe clothing fundraiser

During the week of Aug 24 – Aug 30, for every piece bought during this week, LuLaRoe will donate a portion of the sale to the Defeat the Stigma Project.

How does it work? Click on my shopping link right here for you to access my full inventory of over 1200 pieces!! 👇👇👇👇👇

For more details, please see the event page:

Trail Running Camp for Veterans and Gold Star Spouses

While Julio was in Leadville-Colorado this last weekend for the historical Leadville Trail 100, he was introduced to Liza Howard.

Liza is part of this amazing team that puts together a trail running camp for Veterans and Gold Star Spouses. There are about 5 sponsored spots left. The camp’s cost will be covered as it is sponsored for Vets and Gold Star Spouses. Transportation to Roanoke, VA is not included, but once there you will be picked up and taken to the camp.

It is open to the public and right now there are just 3 spots available at $365 each- this fee will help with the cost of sponsoring the Veterans and Gold Star Families (extra donations are always welcome to help with the additional camp’s costs).

This year’s camp will be taking place Outside Roanoke, VA, near Fincastle and the Appalachian Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Please visit the link below and learn more about this trail camp.


Attention males!

Defeat the Stigma Project is looking for men (all races/ethnicities, ages, and sexual orientations) that are willing to share their own stories of mental illness and journey to recovery.

If you would like to share your personal story, and inspire others to Defeat the Stigma associated with mental illnesses, please send us an email at

and we will share more information with you.

DSP and Dr. Andrea Zuellig from Melrose Center will be working on this project for the next three to four months.

Bill Watts to Run the Colorado Trail for Mental Health

In the winter of 2001, Bill Watts stepped on the scale at nearly 200 pounds, and had difficulty walking up the four flights of stairs at his job. Plagued with stress, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, he set his sights for better health and living. Bill began running races from 5k’s on the road, to ultramarathon trail races. Trying to fill the void of running books for “average” runners, he authored “Running for the Average Joe,” a book that can help anyone achieve health and fitness at any age. Find out how you can take that first step and enjoy a lifetime of healthy living!

Bill will be running the entire Colorado Trail starting in July 2017 for mental health awareness.
Follow his epic journey at:


Advocacy and creating significant change takes time, passionate volunteers and financial resources. We are lucky to have some of the best volunteers from across the US who are selflessly at work to end the stigma that surrounds mental illness, depression and suicide.

Support our critical work and help give our volunteers valuable tools by donating here.

Since our beginning in 2014, generous, individual donors remain our primary source of funding. We have an incredibly diverse and wide-spread team of Defeat the Stigma Project Staff, volunteers and advocates; ALL of them donate their time and pay all their own race and entry fees.

Our goal is to end the stigma once and for all.

We need your help and support as we continue to teach people that depression and mental illness are treatable.

Your donation will ultimately help to inspire courage and strength in someone, perhaps a friend or family member, who wants to seek treatment or start an important conversation about their struggles and challenges.
This support, inspiration and conversation are critically important, because we know that 80% – 90% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully using therapy and/or medication. (TAPS study)

What are we up against? Mental health and mental illness affect ALL of us. Every single one of us.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages. (CDC)

Every day, approximately 105 Americans die by suicide. (CDC)

Suicide takes the lives of over 38,000 Americans every year.

There is one suicide for every estimated 25 suicide attempts. (CDC)

We have a lot of important and exciting work in front of us. And we need your help.

Your donation works directly at the grassroots level by allowing us to continue the fight against stigma. Here’s what we’re doing:
• Our annual “Runs Across States” in order to spread the message that we are not alone. No one is alone. We will be running across Illinois in May 2017, currently planning on Idaho in the early fall of 2017 as well. We ran across Minnesota in 2015 and Wisconsin in 2016. Our goal is to cover all US states.
• Our podcast that reaches a diverse population worldwide with a variety of guests; all who support our mission and have their own stories to tell. Please find our podcast show at iTunes, Google Play & Soundcloud under “Defeat the Stigma Project.”
• Speaking at schools and public events.
• Creating marketing merchandise and information materials to promote awareness and help support the Defeat the Stigma Project Running Team. This nationwide team participates in races and events across the country in an effort to spread awareness.

Our goal is to end the stigma.

We need your help.

Thank You!