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Give Hope this Holiday: Working to End the Stigma of Depression

Give Hope this Holiday: Working to End the Stigma of Depression

This is the season of giving. There is no greater charity than I can recommend than the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred). They are running an Indiegogo campaign this year that will help fund a handful of great non-profit projects already doing good work.

The iFred campaign asks that you “Help us end the stigma of depression and give hope worldwide.” I couldn’t agree more.

Click to learn more about the campaign and donate something today (even $1 helps!).

Here’s iFred’s description of their fund-raising campaign:

We have hand chosen organizations that we like collaborating with all working toward ending the stigma of depression, providing treatment and/or services, and conducting research. We know that working together creates more momentum and has a greater impact, and we want to provide you with opportunities to support programs that fuel your passion in making a difference . There are 350 million around the world with depression. 1 in 9 children are attempting suicide prior to graduating high school, and we have programs that work if only we had the funding.

That is where we need your support. We ask that you please help us by learning more about the participating organizations, donating to help us fund our missions, and share our campaign with your circle of family, friends, colleagues, and communities.

The organizations they’ve selected are all wonderful charities in need of your continued support.

Schools for Hope

Schools for Hope is a project targeting 5th grade students designed specifically to teach HOPE. “We do this through a research based curriculum of lessons, stories and activities which explore the concrete actions one can take to create their own hopeful attitude.”

Give $75 to help them give hope to an entire classroom.

Motivating the Teen Spirit

Motivating the Teen Spirit programs teach teens how to better understand who they are and their full potential. “Our workshops produce profound shifts in participants, resulting in more responsible mindsets, attitudes, and behaviors. Our mission is to empower teens to fall in love with themselves, communicate more effectively, and make integrity-based decisions.”

Give $200 to help send a teen to Motivating the Teen Spirit camp in 2015.


IMAlive is the world’s first virtual crisis center. It is the world’s first crisis center where 100% of the volunteers are trained in crisis intervention. In the first year since the launch IMAlive has helped thousands of people in crisis.

Give $1,000 to help train a crisis volunteer.

Military Family Lifestyle Charitable Foundation

Military Family Lifestyle Charitable Foundation, (MFLCF) provides our military members and their families the dignity and respect owed them by our Nation for their commitment and selfless service in preserving the freedoms we all enjoy. MFLCF accomplishes this task by generating revenue through fundraising events and programs that help support the financial, physical, and emotional needs of military members and their families.

Give $2,500 to give hope to a veteran

Can’t Afford $75?

ifred-field-for-hope-sunflowerThe iFred campaign also has $1 and $10 giving levels — every $1 helps!

I know you can get overwhelmed by the number of donation requests you get this time of the year. We all do. But this is one of the most important charity campaigns you can give money to this year. Please consider a gift and help us end the stigma of depression.

Donate today:
Working Together to End the Stigma of Depression

Give Hope this Holiday: Working to End the Stigma of Depression

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder of Psych Central. He is a psychologist, author, researcher, and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues since 1995. Dr. Grohol has a Master's degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member of the Society for Participatory Medicine. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.

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Grohol, J. (2018). Give Hope this Holiday: Working to End the Stigma of Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 29, 2020, from
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