Stories Without Borders is excited to announce that we’ve received a Special Projects Program Grant from The Colorado Health Foundation to support Sharing Stories. Our goal is to normalize accessing mental health treatment in order to shorten the time between when people begin to experience mental health symptoms and when they access care. Over the next six months our activities will lead to a series of true stories of people who have successfully navigated challenges on their way to mental wellness and well-being. These stories will be available at as free communication tools - available to any person, teacher, organization or advocate that wishes to use them to start new conversations and normalize the very common need for mental health treatment. We're just getting started... Please contact us to learn more!

Update (2/27/2017): Stories Without Borders and our research partners have completed a series of six focus groups with both the general public and people with lived experience accessing treatment. Our report will be available within the month, and our findings will guide the next step of the project: The visual storytelling curriculum!

Update (6/14/2017): Sharing Stories is a project funded by The Colorado Health Foundation that is highlighting the real-life experiences of people who have accessed mental health treatment and successfully recovered.

We are currently seeking participants who want to share their story to help others, and learn valuable storytelling and video production skills in a supportive environment. 

Storytelling and video production classes will be held August - September 2017. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the survey and we will contact you to discuss the project further. Space is limited to eight participants.

Previous phases of the project: 

Focus Group Research: Stories Without Borders worked with Consumer Research Associates to conduct a series of focus groups to accomplish the following goals:

- Understand the journey to treatment and the role that stigma plays in accessing (and continuing, where possible) treatment.

- Identify the right messengers and messages to assist affected individuals in identifying the need and motivation for reaching out for help.

- Identify a range of experiences to inform the Stories without Borders Sharing Stories project

Key Takeaways:

- The most trusted messengers are personal connections and people with lived experience with mental illness.

 - Effective messages are experience-driven, include personal stories and fears, are realistic and acknowledge the range of experiences from “funk to crisis"

- Provide an actionable first step to the person reaching out. (Contact Colorado Crisis Services if you or someone you know needs help!)

Visit the Sharing Stories website for more information.