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. 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 75,000 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.

 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

RZJHS Advisory Program: November, 2018
Yehuda Moshe Night of Knowledge: November, 2018
OU Impact Accelerator Semi-Finalist Pitch Night: September, 2018
Housing Forward Shelter: August, 2018
BBYO Passport Program: July, 2018
Mishkan Chicago: March, 2018
Northwestern: March, 2018
Policy, Advocacy and You: Why Personal Stories Matter: February, 2018
JOFA Blogcast: February, 2018
Temple Chai, JDAIM Event: February, 2018
JUF Women's Division Grand Event: February, 2018
Glenview Clergy Association: January, 2018
Niles North High School: December, 2017
JCARES Coalition: December, 2017
Rochelle Zell Jewish High School: November, 2017
Anshei Tikvah Slichot: September, 2017
ICJA Health Days: March, 2017
REACH Presentation: March, 2017
Collaboraction Panel: November, 2016
Diller Teen Fellows: October, 2016
NAMI NW Suburban Speaker Series: September, 2016
Council for Jewish Elderly-Overcoming Mental Health Stigma: September, 2016
Response Advisory Council: July, 2016
Seed613 Pitch Competition Night: June, 2016
Temple Chai Mental Health Night: May, 2016
University of Chicago Mental Health Panel with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart: November, 2015
Shabbat On The Lake: August, 2015
Camp Chi: July, 2015
JCC PresenTense Health Panel: February, 2015
JCC Social Media Engagement Night: October, 2014