No Shame on U: Fight Against the Stigma

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“I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life, I still suffer with it every single day. I just want these kids to know that that depth that they feel as human beings is normal. We were born that way.” Lady Gaga

No Shame On U is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to eliminating the stigma associated with mental health conditions and raising awareness in the Jewish community and beyond. Our goal is for the people who need help to seek it. We help family members and friends know how to provide proper support and to save lives.

We achieve our mission through: 

  • Community outreach programs, including small group engagements and larger speaker oriented events,
  • Classes and workshops,
  • Daily online tools and resources including our podcast,
  • Distribution of No Shame On U’s fact sheets, crisis information magnets, and other resources,
  • Appearing at parades, fairs and festivals, and
  • Educational presentations about mental health and stigma.

More than one in four Americans ages 18 or older lives with a diagnosable mental health issue – 26.2%. 

This means that on average, every family is touched by mental illness. Yet, two thirds of those diagnosed do not get treated. Research shows, that stigma is one of the key barriers to people seeking mental health treatment. 

Against Stigma

No Shame On U is dedicated to breaking the stigma associated with mental health so the people who need the help will seek it, family members and friends will know how to provide proper support, and to save lives.

We achieve our mission through our community outreach programs, our online presence of over 65,000 Facebook followers, distribution of our fact sheets, crisis information magnets and videos, and our presentations.

No Shame On U Founder and President, Miriam Ament, has a B.A. in American History from Barnard College, Columbia University and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She was also a recipient of the JCC PresenTense Chicago 2014 Fellowship and, in 2016, earned her Certificate in Jewish Leadership from Northwestern University and Spertus.

In addition, Miriam is certified in Mental Health First Aid. Miriam is also a member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Faith Communities Task Force. 

Miriam, with No Shame On U, is currently a member of Cohort 10 of the UpStart Accelerator. Miriam serves on the Young Women’s Board of JUF and the Health and Human Services Commission of JUF. 

Over fifteen years ago, Miriam was hospitalized three times for depression and encountered stigma and isolation from many friends and family members who didn’t have the emotional tools and practical knowledge base to deal with the illness. 

Miriam is dedicated to utilizing her life experiences in order to normalize the mental health conversation and end the stigma. She lives in Chicago with her husband, musician David Forman.

General Inquiries & Partnerships
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“Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.” President Bill Clinton

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If you need help, reach out. You are not alone.

Call 1-800-273-8255 – National Suicide Prevention Hotline

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Rebecca Schwab

Rebecca Schwab

Rebecca creates best practices and executes marketing campaigns for Jewish organizations who are trying to reach the next generation of the Jewish community - specifically Millennials and Gen Z - through digital marketing, social media, online and in-person events.