Opening Minds

    We are a private grantmaking foundation that uses its resources to improve the quality, scope, and delivery of mental health services in Michigan


    We partner with organizations that deliver mental health care and services to develop, evaluate and implement best practice treatment programs


    We collaborate with other funders to leverage mental health resources into our community


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Opening Minds

Opening Minds Website

Opening Minds, Ending Stigma is a statewide campaign partnership between the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to raise awareness about mental illness, which is impacting young people in record numbers. To learn more about the campaign, click on the Opening Minds logo at the top of our website or go directly to  ...

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2016 Grants Awarded

At its September 13, 2016 Board of Trustees meeting, the Foundation awarded 32 grants totaling $1.9 million to mental health organizations to support Evidence-Based Practices and...

Mental Illness Series – October 2016

The Ethel and James Flinn Foundation partnered with Metro Parent to create a year-long series of articles promoting mental illness awareness and understanding. We invite you...

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Opening Minds – Saving Young Lives

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people, with statistics showing that 90-percent of those who take their own lives had a mental illness.

OPENING MINDS ENDING STIGMA, a statewide campaign of the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, presents a new mental health awareness broadcast in September in conjunction with National Suicide Prevention Month.

“Opening Minds Ending Stigma: Saving Young Lives,” a 30-minute documentary features candid and inspiring stories of young Michigan residents and families impacted by mental illness, who, following treatment and recovery, are actively involved in mental health advocacy and support.

The program explores the factors that may increase the risks, and provides information to identify warning signs and effectively respond to assist a family member, friend, or ourselves. It also aims at ending the stigma of mental illness which can prevent young people from seeking help, visiting Michigan schools and universities to reveal programs that offer support to students, particularly those in the highly vulnerable 14 to 24 age range.  Mental health professionals team with educators, and peer support specialists to provide information and insight designed to bring greater understanding of the importance of early intervention.