Opening Minds
  • MENTAL HEALTH

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

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  • PARTNER

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

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  • COLLABORATE

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

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Featured News

“Opening Minds Ending Stigma: Campus Challenges”

New TV Special and Public Service Announcements starring young people to raise awareness about mental health and seeking help There’s a mental health crisis facing college students. One in five young people between the ages of 14 to 24 will experience mental illness. Left untreated, it can cause bigger problems later. With September being Suicide Prevention Month and many victims –particularly young people experiencing mental health disorders, the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation and the Michigan Department...


Recent News

Mental Illness Series – September, 2017

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...



Mental Illness Series – August, 2017

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...



Featured Video

Opening Minds – Breaking Barriers

It impacts every family, every neighborhood, every race and religion. But mental health conditions are treatable.

Opening Minds Ending Stigma: Breaking Barriers,” a riveting 30-minute documentary is a program that features candid and inspiring stories of Michigan families impacted by mental illness, who, following treatment and recovery, are actively involved in mental health advocacy and support.

OPENING MINDS ENDING STIGMA, a statewide campaign launched a year ago by the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, is debuting a new mental health awareness broadcast in May to coincide with Mental Health Month.

While one in five people will experience a mental health condition in a given year, too often help is not sought. Often it is stigma that may come from our own expectations, our family’s, as well as cultural and religious views that present additional roadblocks. Communities of color are often more reluctant to talk about mental health (the National Alliance on Mental Illness found African Americans are 20-percent more likely to experience severe mental health conditions). But there is help!

Mental illness is a health condition, that is treatable –just as physical conditions like diabetes or heart disease. Research has shown people with mental health conditions can live full productive lives.  Research has also shown that without proper treatment, mental health conditions can worsen and make day-to-day life difficult.