We are committed to ending the stigma associated with mental illness through education, support and advocacy. We believe STIGMA is the single largest barrier preventing individuals, family members and caregivers living with mental illness from seeking the help they need. Talking about it is the first step in accomplishing that goal. Below are interviews and documentaries where we talk about mental illness and how together we can better understand and achieve mental health. We applaud the organizations below for their commitment to opening the discussion, and hope you will support them.
Opening Minds; Ending Stigma is a 28 minute, commercial free documentary co-produced by The Flinn Foundation and the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority that takes us on a journey through the state of mental illness in Michigan. It speaks to how "stigma" is the leading barrier preventing us from understanding mental illness and the need to further support mental healthcare in Michigan. In it I have the opportunity to briefly tell Dominique's story.
1 in 5 young peoples lives will be affected by mental illness, but that doesn't mean they cannot go on to very healthy, normal lives. This episode of Opening Minds; Ending Stigma explores mental illness from the perspective of our young people, showing how they triumph over their diagnoses.
This May 8, 2015 interview describes how losing Dominique inspired me to establish the Dominique Fischer Memorial Foundation, which led me to my work as Executive Director of NAMI Michigan.
This pilot episode of MI Healthy Mind aired May 5, 2015. The show is produced by Team Mental Health in Detroit and currently airs each Sunday at noon on WMYD TV20. In it I again had the opportunity to tell Dominique's story and how it inspires my work as a Mental Health Advocate.