Project: I Define Me

$2,884 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 75 people in 6 months
Mental Illnesses affect 1 in 4 Americans. It is a disease category that affects 43 million people in the United States Yet when people speak up about their mental illnesses they so often get reduced to their diagnoses. It is tragic that individual’s personalities, needs, hopes, and dreams get replaced by a diagnosis. When you think of mental illnesses in this way, it’s not surprising that stigma is the most common symptom.


I founded Project: I Define Me  in May of 2018 with the hopes of changing that. I wanted to create a platform where people with mental illnesses can introduce themselves as people, with a story that they want to share. Their diagnosis is listed with their statements as just that--a diagnosis. I thought this project would run for the month of May and then fizzle out. It would just be a good way to celebrate mental health month. But the response I received was overwhelming. People love the project, love the stories, and want to contribute to it and watch it grow. Not a day goes by where I don’t have someone reaching out and asking to participate, or telling me how much Project: I Define Me has helped them.


Now our community has grown to 2,500 members, and its time to take Project: I Define Me to the next level. I want to start doing collaborations with organizations and communities to work together and help destigmatize mental illnesses worldwide through personalization. But there are some steps Project: I Define Me needs to take first. .


I need your financial help to:

-register Project: I Define Me as a non-profit
-set up an e-commerce site
-cover start-up costs

Any additional funds will go towards making participation free  and forming strategic partnerships with other advocacy organizations. Donations of all sizes are welcome, and with every $10 + donation I will send you this sticker

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Thank you so much for helping my passion project take off. I truly couldn’t do this without you.

All my love,
Pooja


32740302_1536238013180583_r.jpegErica | Mother, Adventurer, Advocate | Bipolar II, OCD

32740302_1536238280304011_r.jpegAlan | Veteran, Photographer, Advocate | PTSD

32740302_153623837479631_r.jpegLauren | Flight Attendant, Blogger, Advocate | Anxiety, Depression

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WE DID IT!!!!

Thanks to YOUR generosity, support, and belief in this project, we raised $2700!!
That’s enough to
-register to be a non profit
-develop and launch a merchandise line
-bring this project to low income and minority communities

Project: I Define Me is ready to take its next steps, thanks to YOU!!

I’m going to raise the goal, because the more money we have, the more people we can bring this project to. You all have done so much for me, and I am so thankful for each and every one of you.

All my love,
Pooja
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Hi Everyone!

We are SO CLOSE to reaching $2500, and I am so thankful to each and every one of your for your generosity.

With it being Mental Illness Awareness Week, if you know anyone at all who would want to know about or donate to this cause, please pass along the campaign to them!

I also have a bunch of stickers for all of you, so if you haven't gotten yours yet, please email projectidefineme@gmail.com with a good address :).

Lots of Love,
Pooja
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Hi Everyone!

Thank you so much for all of your support--I can't believe we raised over $1000!
The campaign is still going to run for a few more weeks. If you know anyone who might be interested in supporting Project: I Define Me, Mental Health Awareness efforts, or loves someone with a mental illness, please pass along the campaign! How amazing would it be for this project to (finally) become a non-profit?

Cheers,
Pooja

PS. If you haven't gotten your sticker yet, please contact me, and we'll get that taken care of!
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Raised by 75 people in 6 months
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