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Project Helping’s Open Labs Program is designed to teach you the skills to share your mental health story.

We are a member-led community bringing together people thriving with mental health challenges to create actionable programming and meaningful conversations on mental health – at work and in life.

Together, along with community allies here in Colorado, we can create a more hopeful, open world.

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Changing the way the world views mental health is no small feat. When we provide people with the training and skills to tell their story, we bring light to the fact that we all struggle sometimes. This community will teach you, empower you, and support you in learning to share your story.

That’s why we’re bringing together a diverse group of movers and shakers – those of you living well with brain conditions along with a community of supporters who, like you, wish to create an open world.

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Instead of a world where people live afraid and ashamed, we’re putting our members –  and their mental health stories – in the driver’s seat. Your creativity, intelligence, and empathy that are proven to accompany mental health challenges are the same gifts that will lead us to real solutions.

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We Live In A World Where Fear & Shame Surround Brain Conditions – But It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way.

1 in 5 Americans live with a mental health challenge – more than the African, Asian, and Native American populations combined. But 60% don’t get the treatment they need, and that’s a major reason why suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10 – 39. There are a lot of groups working to change that statistic. Support groups, inexpensive treatment providers, employee assistance programs, the list goes on, but until the people who needs help ask for it, none of these options are effective. People are too afraid or too ashamed to ask for help.

We realized if 60% don’t get help than 40% do, and of that group, 80% will find a successful treatment. That represents tens of millions of Americans who have figured out how to integrate their conditions into their lives. How to harness it and thrive.

Brain Disorders And Exceptional Gifts Go Hand In Hand

It’s true. Without brain disorders, there would be no ‘War and Peace’. No starry night. No emancipation proclamation. In fact, we know people with bipolar are four times as likely to have been straight A students and show an increased ability to empathize.

There’s no shortage of gifted individuals with intimate knowledge of the problem who are very motivated to take action. the problem is they are currently live in hiding. So Open Labs brings together a group of people uniquely positioned to come up with big creative ideas and supporters who also have a trove of unshared experience and knowledge. Together we are learning how to identify the root causes of the problem and take the big ideas and break them down into experiments with well-defined plans and rigorous measurement. So our answer to whether or not something is a good idea can be tested.

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There’s a growing movement – medical technology is beginning to help us see the problem. More leaders and celebrities are opening up about their experience, and eventually more people are going to realize suicide is one of the greatest threats to their child’s life. At Open Labs, we have prepared ourselves to harness the power of that movement as a vehicle for change, to transform energy and excitement into motivation and action. And to give people the Hope they need to live Openly.

Whether as a Labs member, a leader on our Open Council, or a financial supporter. We invite you to join us in the movement to build an open world.

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Ali

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Annie

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Bridget

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Michael

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Jayzel May

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