One in five Americans experiences mental illness in a given year. Youth suicide and substance abuse continue to rise at alarming rates. Yet social prejudice often forces people fighting these health conditions into the shadows, paralyzed by denial and shame, and often unwilling or unable to seek treatment
THE STORY AND THE Mission:
In late 2012, Cameron Stout, a practicing attorney, slid into the abyss of a major depressive episode. As he describes in an article in The Princeton Alumni Weekly, effective therapies, the unflagging support of friends and family, and self-care strategies, lifted him out of the darkness and back to a full and vital life.
In 2014, Cam decided to share his story of resilient recovery and hope. His candid, engaging message is simple yet powerful: The stigma is a false, dangerous narrative: Mental health conditions are just that; health conditions, not weaknesses or failure. They are not our fault. Treatment and effective management techniques hold out tremendous hope for leading full and vital lives. (Video)
Cam has made over fifty presentations to a variety of audiences including professionals, educators, and students; but he is just getting started. In late 2017, he founded Stout Heart, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Our mission is to support Cam’s efforts to transform his work in the mental wellness space into a sustainable enterprise that reaches more and more people in at-risk groups, particularly students.
YOU CAN HELP US GROW:
We welcome your financial support and volunteer engagement in broadening the reach and impact of Cam's mission. Opportunities in the following areas are immediate priorities:
Partnerships with high schools, colleges, and graduate programs to implement mentoring and peer support teams that increase students’ willingness to tell their own stories, and give them the courage to seek inclusive mental wellness resources and effective treatment.
Sponsorship’s for Cam’s pro bono talks at schools, colleges, workplaces and special groups, such as first responders, veterans, and people who are struggling on the margins of society.
Spreading the Stout Heart message by sharing Cam’s work through TEDx talks, podcast interviews, community events, and social media.
Donations can be made:
By PayPal (https://www.paypal.me/stoutheart)
Via credit card through the donation button below; or
By check payable to Stout Heart, Inc. mailed to 44 Southern Way,
Princeton, NJ 08540
Nothing in Cameron’s talks, or in any related communications or materials, is or should be relied on as medical, psychiatric, or therapeutic advice. Please see a qualified health care provider if a mental health condition or addiction issue is suspected. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255.
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