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!