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


Featured News

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  ...

Recent News

Mental Illness Series – July, 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...

2016 Annual Report

The Ethel and James Flinn Foundation is pleased to present our 2016 Annual Report as a summary of our grantmaking activity and a highlight of our...

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.