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January 1, 2018 by Gina Nikkel, PhD, President & CEO

Happy New Year!

Wishing you many blessings in 2018, the happiness you deserve, and challenges removed from your path! May we all approach 2018 with gratitude for what we have and the tenacity to improve the world we live in.

Here at The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care we are most grateful for all the projects and research being funded by you, our donors. It is these very projects that are helping to improve the world we live in by affecting access to recovery-based programs and research knowledge to help people make more informed choices for their own mental health.

There is still so much more to do and so many good programs and research that would make a difference to many people!

Let’s look back over what you funded in 2017…

  1. Building a well-trained regional network of Hearing Voices groups in the United States.
  2. Researching and describing the mechanisms that lead to Hearing Voices groups positive outcomes.
  3. Adapting Open Dialogue to the United States.
  4. Supporting to make medicines safer for all of us.
  5. Lived-experience research on coming off of psychiatric medications published in Psychiatric Services in July 2017.
  6. Nutrition and mental health research
  7. Qualitative and mechanistic aspects of micronutrients for ADHD in youth.
  8. A learning and self-development approach for mood related distress in young people.
  9. OnTrack NY with the option of social network meetings.
  10. Personal narratives of public mental health care in America.
  11. Creating educational web-based resources to train effective advocates for choice.
  12. Looking at how micronutrients reduce symptoms of antenatal depression and anxiety.

For more information, see our latest report.

What will you choose to fund in 2018? If mental health matters to you, please consider funding (or helping us find funders) for some of the 120+ proposals laying on my desk that remain unfunded.

For example:

  1. Warfighter Advance: giving veterans and active duty service members who return from war a range of tools and resources that help to recover from post-traumatic stress and associated polytrauma to achieve their “new normal.”
  2. Building a thriving and culturally diverse mental health workforce.
  3. Self-Efficacy following an expert consultation on discontinuing antidepressants.
  4. Life after partial hospital study: Skills, structure, and social connection.
  5. Rapidly scalable youth peer support pilot.
  6. Changing the conversation: Recovery stories for youth empowerment and social change.
  7. Emotional CPR to empower the Latino community through enhanced mutual support.
  8. Mobile mental health for West Africa.

You get the idea! Help us continue the work. Please donate at or send me an email at and tell me what interests you. Remember, we are a Community Mental Health Foundation so you can create a fund and decide what to do later!

Gina Nikkel

P.S. Only 5 more days to meet our $25,000 challenge pledge!  We are almost there!!!

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