Grady Nia Project

$3,390 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 60 people in 34 months
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Sallie Mack
on behalf of Nadine Kaslow
 ATLANTA, GA
October is suicide prevention month and domestic violence awareness month, and your contribution to the Grady Nia Project ( http://bit.ly/22hdWEP) can help us address both of these serious public health problems. The Grady Nia Project’s mission is to empower abused, suicidal African American women to access behavioral health services, find a new sense of purpose, lead more meaningful lives, and affirm their commitment to living a violence-free life. To achieve this mission, our compassionate and culturally competent team members provide group and individual therapy services and facilitate community referrals and partnerships.  

Recently, the Grady Nia Project team developed ReliefLink ( http://apple.co/1hL6Vt4), a mental health suicide prevention mobile app that allows people to track their suicidal thoughts, easily access safety and coping plans, access local resources, and quickly call for emergency assistance.  This app was awarded $50,000 at a White House Conference http://bit.ly/1T4eZSr for its innovativeness and usefulness for suicide prevention.

Unfortunately, right now the app is only available to iPhone users. Therefore, additional funds are needed to adapt this software to be available to the many Android users in the Grady Nia Project and in the community. The estimated cost for this project is $10,000 and therefore that is our ambitious goal for this October 2016 GoFundMe Campaign. Securing these funds will enable more people who are thinking about suicide to access this user-friendly mobile app, which is at the cutting-edge of mobile technology for behavioral health practice.

We would be most grateful to you for your contribution, small or large. Please join us in our efforts to prevent suicide. Thank you.

We'd also love for you to follow our updates on facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/gradyniaproject)
and to read the wonderful contributions by the women in our clinic: ( https://gradyniaproject.wordpress.com/).
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Please read and follow the Nia blog with writings by Nia patients and members.

https://gradyniaproject.wordpress.com/
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First, we would like to extend a sincere heartfelt thanks to all you wonderful people who so generously donated last year and enabled the men and women of Nia to experience some holiday cheer. We were able to bring happiness and smiles to our patients due to your donations.

In the month of February, we celebrate love and connections in all of its forms. Friendship. Self-love. Romance. It's a perfect time to highlight and support the mission of the Grady Nia Project -- a humanitarian, not-for-profit program that provides a full constellation of psychological services free of cost to patients who have been so impacted by intimate partner violence that they have tried to take their own lives. Every year the Nia project serves hundreds of such women who have experienced intimate partner and domestic violence.

Statistics show that a majority of women are raped by their partners and not strangers. The violence perpetrated at home against such abused women is horrific. Many of the women have endured beatings, physical assaults, being shot at, and battery. Their stories are heart breaking. They have been battered, beaten to near death, humiliated, and emotionally abused. A majority of them have had their whole worlds snatched from them. They have lost homes, children, material possessions, and financial stability. The most significant losses, though, pertain to their self-identity, self-esteem, and a loss of trust in love and loved ones. For several women at Nia, love had become an endless cycle of violence, abuse, trauma, and suicide attempts.

Here at Nia, we believe that love should not hurt. At Nia, the focus is on each individual's unique strength. We seek to foster unconditional love and self-love in each and every woman we work with. However, the process of reconnecting with the world, their own self, and love is a long and arduous one that they undertake here at Nia. These women have been battered repeatedly, brutally, over several months or years by somebody they had loved and trusted. Their journey with Nia and recovery is absolutely inspiring and amazing. We witness the courage and resilience demonstrated by them every day.

By helping abused and traumatized women empower themselves, we believe we are empowering children, families, and generations. However, to continue helping battered women build a new meaningful life, we really need resources and funds. Valentine's Day is the perfect time to give a gift that won't wilt, in honor of someone you love. Your contributions to Nia -- large or small -- will play an absolutely vital role in enabling us to reach more women, touch more lives, empower more families, and generate more love.

The link below has a patient's personal story with the Grady Nia project. Please watch this incredibly powerful personal journey- with your support, we can continue to provide these important services to even more patients!"
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Raised by 60 people in 34 months
Created October 15, 2015
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