We believe that traditionally in society, mental health concerns have been stigmatized with people often expressing both prejudice and discrimination toward those with a mental disorder diagnosis. Furthermore, people with mental health concerns often have nowhere to turn for support online in a caring and safe environment. What happens during a temporary, financial difficulty in your life? There’s often nobody to turn to.
That’s why we created the community fund drives, the founding predecessor to the Psych Central Community Connection. The fund drives resulted in small, personal grants made to individual members on an as-needed, emergency basis. These grants offer a small financial safety net to members of the Psych Central Community.
Since that time, the scope of the Psych Central Community Connection has grown. We now offer not only small, one-time personal grants to members of the Psych Central community, but have taken on two important projects of Project Beyond Blue — the Beyond Blue Grants Program, and the Beyond Blue Community. We hope to expand our program offerings further in 2016.
We hope our mission here will be to help people stop falling through the cracks of society by providing them with a much-needed financial safety net when most in need. We do this because we believe in the importance of giving back to the community and to help others when in need. It’s a simple yet powerful idea that can make a life-changing impact — and has.