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Our Mission

The mission of This Is My Brave, Inc. is to end the stigma surrounding mental health issues by sharing personal stories of individuals living successful, full lives despite mental illness through poetry, essay and original music, on stage in front of a live audience, through stories submitted and published to our blog, and via our YouTube channel.

Coming to peace with my mental illness was one of the best things I got out of This Is My Brave. Other than respect for myself and from others, I also gained power over my mental illness; I no longer let it define who I was or how I lived my life.
— Gabbi S.
 
This Is My Brave’s mission to “be brave” through the sharing of personal stories gives a voice and a face to mental illness, thereby releasing the stigma that goes along with it.
— April P.
 
I just wanted to let you know that I got to watch most of “This is My Brave” yesterday, and I was absolutely blown away.  I laughed, I cried (both tears of joy that people were sharing, and also tears of sadness at some of the stories), and I thoroughly enjoyed.  Your hard work on this really paid off! Bravo!
— Emily G.
 
First being in the audience, then being in the cast, brought my daughter and my husband into a community of acceptance. Opening up and speaking about their struggles, and more importantly their successes, has been cathartic. The actual performance was just a first step. This Is My Brave has opened doors to have honest, open conversations with people they meet who might not otherwise felt safe sharing their story. It has opened doors for deep listening, heartfelt acceptance and great pride…and the building of community support for all who may suffer from a mental illness.
— Jenny L.
 
Just want to say thank you to all who have put this together. After suffering, pretty much in silence, with the mental illness of Bipolar disorder for nearly 30 of my 50 years,  it it so refreshing to see so many fighting the stigma of mental illness. You are making it a much more supportive environment to seek help for those who suffer. I fought the diagnosis, and help offered for so long because of how it was looked upon. I am glad that my daughter, and others like her are no longer as likely to avoid treatment, and help offered. You, and others like you, are making it so much better than it was. Thank you.
— Elyse B.
 
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Your tax-deductible donation directly empowers individuals living with mental illness and addiction issues to re-write their story, find their voice, and use creative expression to heal. With your support, we can use true, personal stories to educate, empower and change the conversation surrounding mental illness and addiction. You can be a part of our movement to celebrate bravery and storytelling by making a gift today.


We also LOVE good old fashioned snail mail.

To donate by mail, send a check to This Is My Brave:

NEW MAILING ADDRESS as of 10/1/18:

44330 Mercure Circle, Suite 250D

Dulles VA 20166

This Is My Brave, Inc. is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization. Our Tax ID # is: 20-8944419