We believe in striving to make the human connection, and so we support the work of those who do. People need to know they are not alone with mental illness and addiction. By talking openly about mental illness and addiction, we dismantle stigma and find hope. We are proud to support the inspiring work of Realize Hope Ambassador, Jason DeShaw
Jason DeShaw's presentation, Serenity in the Storm, combines original music with a message of hope. University research concluded that his high school presentations significantly reduced stigma and increased students' willingness to ask for help. His journey to help others has taken him to schools, communities, and psychiatric hospitals across the nation. He received the Champions Award in Washington D.C. from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for “exhibiting courage, leadership and service on behalf of all people living with mental illness.”
Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Justin Lubke created the documentary short, They Call Me Crazy. It is about our journey to inspire hope and understanding. He is currently working on a full length documentary film. We are seeking funds to complete this film so that it can be shown to schools across the country.
The Documentary Short