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Step Up For Mental Health’s mission is to support, educate and provide services to empower families living with the challenges of mental health disorders. We do this by providing a safe place to share stories and find support for others who are dealing with mental health disorders or caring for a family member with a mental illness. We believe that mental health issues impact social issues, including education, homelessness, and poverty. Step Up For Mental Health strives to match families with resources to help move them toward a more productive life.
Step Up For Mental Health (formerly AJW Foundation) is a peer-to-peer advocacy group providing support, assistance, and education. First, we support individuals dealing with a mental health disorder. Secondly, we assist family members caring for someone with a mental illness and, thirdly, we educate the public on mental health issues. We are here to share personal stories and help others make sense of the stigma and fear associated with illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
We know there are many misconceptions about how to best help family members and caregivers understand and manage day-to-day challenges. We address many issues relating to mental health including the impact on families, the impact on kids and teens in school, poverty, hunger, homelessness, job loss, the elderly, mental health stigmas and loneliness.