Advocacy

 

In the past seven years Meg has teamed up with a number of mental health/advocacy organizations which she feels are making huge strides in lifting stigma and supporting recovery.

She has worked closely to raise money, speak at conferences and teach workshops with the following organizations:

 

Johns Hopkins University

Meg has appeared at John’s Hopkins University School of Medicine several times in the past few years. She was invited by Dr Kay Redfield Jamison to be a guest performer and speaker at the Psychiatry and Arts Series in 2011 and returned the following year as a featured speaker at the 25th Annual Mood Disorders Research/Education Symposium.

 

Active Minds

Active Minds is a national 501(c)3 organization that empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking.  We are changing the culture on campuses and in the community by providing information, leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation.

By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses nationwide, the nonprofit organization works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community.

Through campus-wide events and national programs, Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on campuses nationwide. After years of collaboration, Meg was delighted to accept an official position on the Active Minds Speakers Bureau this year.
http://www.activeminds.org


George Mason University 2Genesis Club

“ Meg Hutchinson has been a true inspiration to many Genesis Club members in their recovery from mental illness through her words, music, advocacy and her message of hope. I’m pleased that Meg is a partner with Genesis Club and with the International Clubhouse Community”

Kevin Bradley
Executive Director
Genesis Club

The mission of Genesis Club is to assist individuals with a mental illness to attain employment, housing, wellness, and friendships.

Genesis Club members have the choice of work, education, social and housing opportunities. The Genesis Club is an International Training Center.

http://www.genesisclub.org

     Genesis Club Member Rights: At Genesis Club

– You are guaranteed the right to a place to come.
– You are guaranteed the right to meaningful work.
– You are guaranteed the right to meaningful relationships.
– You are guaranteed the right to a place to return.

 

The Shine Initiative

In the spring of 2004, the SHINE Initiative was officially launched to “shine a light on mental illness.”

We  believe that through education and information-sharing we can have a lifelong and positive impact on the mental health and total wellness of our communities. We are proud to note that in recent years several school systems and institutions of higher learning have partnered with us to raise awareness of mental illness and to help diffuse and debunk some of the misconceptions and myths that have fueled stigma for generations.http://www.shineinitiative.org 

Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation

The Mission of the Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation is to prevent suicide in the college and college entry student population that is often the end result of significant emotional disorders triggered by stress and/or not recognized within the person until it is too late.

… Our goal is to help prevent suicide among the college age student population by increasing awareness, identifying resources available to students, helping friends and family recognize the warning signs of depression, encouraging at-risk persons to seek out help, and providing financial support to those organizations and programs dedicated to suicide prevention. http://www.rememberingjordan.orgGeorge Mason University