4 The M.I.N.D.S. was started in 2011 by two friends, Nicole Stolarski and Tina Oplinger, after Nicole's husband was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 and Tina's best friend succumbed to depression. Both women realized no one should feel alone in the daily journey through mental illness.In 2013, 4 The M.I.N.D.S. opened their doors and started the venture to create a space where all those who suffer from mental illness and their family and friends could feel safe to share their story, listen to the stories of others, and be comforted in knowing they are not alone.With the love, support, and hard work of so many, on July 22, 2014, 4 The M.I.ND.S. became a 501c3 non-profit organization.
We are your friends, your family, your neighbors - we are the 1 in 4 families in America who are affected by mental illness. We have experienced first-hand what it’s like to suffer with an illness that many don’t understand and for which there is little or no easily accessible support. We have experienced the hardships and heartaches, and even lost close loved ones to the ill effects of mental illness. We exist so that Mental Illness No longer Defines Someone. We exist to help and support those who suffer from mental illness, their loved ones, their family and friends. We exist for you.
Our mission is to assist individuals and their families in their struggle with psychological disorders, by education, understanding, acceptance, friendship and support.
M.I.N.D.S. - Mental Illness No longer Defines Someone
In 1953 the bell of hope was made from chains used to restrain people with mental illnesses. Today, the mental health bell rings out hope for improving mental illnesses. – Mental Health America
Purple is used in the logo to symbolize hope. Hope to eliminate the stigma placed on mental illness.