Rise Above Stigma

$4,880 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 55 people in 36 months
Cat Geras
on behalf of Rise Above Stigma Mental Health Partners
 BOULDER, CO
Samantha Mangum is a very busy woman.  She is a Recovery Care Coordinator for Mental Health Partners,  a non-profit organization serving Boulder and Broomfield counties.  She works with dozens of clients every week, helping them develop skills and make the connections they need on their path to recovery.  Sam is a student working on her Masters in mental health counseling.  And she is a passionate climber with a goal of summiting the highest peak on each continent.  In February 2017, she plans to climb Mt. Aconcagua, which at 22,841 feet is the highest peak outside Asia.  Combining her love of climbing with her dedication to her work, she wants to raise $50,000 by summiting Aconcagua in an effort to reduce the stigma around mental illness.  The funds from her Rise Above Stigma climb will be used for two purposes:  to develop a series of broad-reaching community education programs to reduce the stigma of mental illness, and to help support a variety of wellness programs and resources at Mental Health Partners  that would otherwise be impossible to provide.  As Sam says:  "My goal is to raise the awareness of mental health higher in hopes of making the stigma around it smaller.  Each step I take up Aconcagua will be a step in the right direction."
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Hey guys, check out my new radio interview (
http://news.kgnu.org/2016/12/rise-above-stigma/
)!
A huge thanks to Meave at KGNU Community Radio for this opportunity to tell my story and spread the word about my fundraising goal.

We are so close to $50,000, and I leave in three weeks! Thank you so much for supporting my efforts to end mental health stigma.
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Hello Fellow Donors!
Wanted to give you an update on my training and progress of the campaign. Again thank you so much for your support, every bit helps, just as every step of the way will get me to the top of Aconcagua!
Happy Holidays!
Cat
Sam Training!
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Today is #GivingTuesday. Please consider sharing this GoFundMe/RiseAboveStigma campaign and/or making an additional donation. Samantha's ascent of Aconcagua to raise awareness and reduce the stigma around mental illness and substance abuse is fast approaching (January 17!). All proceeds go directly to programs and services provided by Mental Health Partners of Boulder County. Thanks so much!
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Here is an opportunity for a few lucky folks to hike to the Aconcagua Base Camp with Samantha as she progresses toward her goal of climbing to the top, planting the flag in the picture at the Aconcagua Summit - all in an effort to reduce the stigma and stereotyping around mental illness.

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Deb Sprague
35 months ago

I sent on to friends and I hope people will check this out! Amazing effort for a cause that rarely gets attention except through unfortunate media stories or perpetuation of myths. We can do better! Here's a way to help.

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$4,880 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 55 people in 36 months
Created June 20, 2016
Cat Geras
on behalf of Rise Above Stigma Mental Health Partners
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JP
$20
Jasmine Prokscha
30 months ago
$20
Rene McCoy
30 months ago

Best of luck on this undertaking!

$25
David Rubright
30 months ago
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Hope this helps Samantha!

HM
$10
Henry Mitchell
30 months ago
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Go Samantha! I'm proud of you and the work you are doing :)

CK
$15
Christina Kiourtzidis
30 months ago
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CS
$150
Cheryl Setchell
30 months ago
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KS
$50
Kelly & Eric Scalva
31 months ago
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We support you Sam!

RP
$100
Rudy Lupe Prieto
31 months ago
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Good luck Sam. From Mom and Dad #2. The cool ones.

JM
$30
Justine Miracle
32 months ago
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$25
Anonymous
32 months ago
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Deb Sprague
35 months ago

I sent on to friends and I hope people will check this out! Amazing effort for a cause that rarely gets attention except through unfortunate media stories or perpetuation of myths. We can do better! Here's a way to help.

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