Our Mission

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, for family members and friends to 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.


  • Join one of our committees: Program, Marketing, Development, Finance, or Governance.

  • Distribute resources in your local community.

  • Spread the word about education and programs on social media.

What We've Achieved

  • 2019 Presentations include: U.N. Panel; jHealth lunch; Mental Health 101 with KCT, Gidwitz, Congregation Ezras Israel

  • 2019: Awarded Voices: Chicago Teen Foundation grant

  • 2019: Awarded JUF Breakthrough Fund Grant for Suicide Prevention and Support for Survivors with MISSD and JCFS

  • Mental Health First Aid classes

  • Monthly Drop-in Nights with Maggies Place at Mishkan

  • Documentary Screenings and Panels

  • Teen Awareness Groups

  • Anxiety/Stress Workshops

  • Nearly 90,000 Facebook followers

  • Podcast

  • 2018 Presentations include: Northwestern Hillel; JUF Grand Event; Temple Chai; CJE Conference; Glenview Clergy Association; Mishkan Mental Health Weekend; Housing Forward Shelter; Yehuda Moshe Night of Knowledge;

  • Featured in McLean Hospital's Deconstructing Stigma Campaign at Logan Airport in Boston

  • 2016-2017: Awarded JUF Breakthrough Fund Grant

  • 2017: Selected for Cohort 10 of the UpStart Accelerator

  • Won 2016 Seed613 Pitch Competition

  • 2015 winner of Jewcer/SPARK Grant

  • Over 1,500 unique viewings of No Shame On U's educational video

  • Teen Mental Health Forum

  • Attended and distributed materials at Skokie 4th of July Parade, Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute Conference, Chicago Jewish Festival, Lincolnwood Fest, Shabbat on the Lake, and more

  • Presented at Temple Chai's Mental Health Forum

  • Diller Teen Fellows Entrepreneurship Presentation

  • One of 50 authors of: The I'mPossible Project: Changing Minds, Breaking Stigma, Achieving the Impossible

  • Sold-out, standing room only 4th annual event in 2018 featuring Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison

  • Sold-out, standing room only 3rd annual event in 2018 featuring Brian Cuban

  • Sold-out, standing room only inaugural event in 2015 featuring Kevin Briggs, "Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge"

  • Sold-out, standing room only 2nd annual event in 2016 featuring Jessie Close

  • Presented on a panel at the University of Chicago with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, Thresholds CEO Mark Ishaug, Executive Director of NAMI Chicago, Alexa James

  • Mental Health Text Class with Elijah's Journey

  • Awarded 2016 Gabe W. Miller Memorial Foundation Grant

  • No Shame On U / CJE Overcoming Mental Health Stigma Educational Program

  • No Shame On U, Shalva, and Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics "New Year, New You" Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Event

  • Participated in Collaboraction Talk Back Panel after the MARS Assignment play with NAMI and Elyssa's Mission

  • Featured guest at NAMI NW Suburban Speaker Meeting