Welcome to #ProjectIAmNotAshamed.

I created this project for one simple reason— to break the mental health stigma one person at a time. I found that creating awareness and education on social media can be effective, but many times we are “preaching to the choir.” In order to break the stigma, we need to start small and educate the general public by outing ourselves, coming out of hiding and doing this as a team and as a community.

We will do this in a simplistic way. On Saturday, August 18th, 2018, we will go to the streets of our own community with a sign that simply reads “I have (your mental illness) or I am a loved one of someone with (their disorder) and I am not ashamed. Break the Stigma #Project I Am Not Ashamed." Below are some details about this event.

The event will be held for 4 hours. You can pick what time you go out to the streets. You are welcome to go out alone or bring a friend or family member for support. If you are a loved one of someone with mental illness, we want you out there too.

You can write the message on cardboard or a box—your choice. Find a high--populated area where you will be able to talk to as many people as you can who are on foot. Simply ask them to read your sign and ask if they would be willing to talk to you for a minute. Reel them in, talk about your illness and what we are trying to accomplish. Mental illness is like cancer—everyone knows someone who is somehow affected. Educate them on your particular illness.

We want to spread the word about this event through all social media outlets. If you talk about it on Twitter make sure you include the hashtag #ProjectIAmNotAshamed. Share this page on your Facebook page. Feel free to go to your local radio station or news station. Write to your local paper. We are all in charge of marketing this so we can get as many people around the world to participate.

Take photos while you are on the streets. Take selfies with your sign. If you are given consent, take selfies with those you speak to. Post your photos on your social media accounts and if on Twitter, again, add the hashtag #ProjectIAmNotAshamed.

There are many individuals who may not want to out themselves as having an illness and I do understand. But just remember that if we do not put a face and name to mental illness we are only feeding the stigma. But I do realize this isn’t for everyone.

Finally, this will be an annual event. I look forward to having individuals from all over the world represent the project and spread the word that we are not evil people. We are not bad people. We simply have been or are currently sick. If you are interested in joining this event, please email Ross using our Contact page.