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 Ending Stigma” Statewide Campaign Debuts

TV Specials and Public Service Announcements starring young people to raise awareness about mental illness and seeking help                     DETROIT -   One in five young people between the ages of 14 to 24 will experience mental illness. Left untreated, it can cause bigger problems later on. With May being National Mental Health Awareness Month, the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) have teamed up to change the conversation...

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2016 Request for Proposals (RFPs)

The Ethel and James Flinn Foundation is pleased to announce that we are issuing Request for Proposals (RFPs) from supported organizations and the broader universe of non-profit...

Veterans Mental Health Study

The RAND Corporation conducted a new study, Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Veterans in the Metro Detroit Area, to characterize the mental health needs of the...

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Opening Minds – A Young Person’s Perspective

DETROIT — One in five children and young adults will experience mental illness, with the onset commonly occurring between ages 14 and 24.  The statistics from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) also reveal that there is an average delay of eight years from initial symptoms to effective treatment.

a new video for broadcast and educational use, explores the warning signs and early intervention approaches that can address mental illness at its most treatable stage.  Through personal stories which are candidly told by young people who have faced challenges associated with a variety of mental disorders, viewers discover when and where to seek help.  The 30-minute special aims to promote understanding of mental illness and remove obstacles to treatment for children, adolescents, and young adults.

The Flinn Foundation in concert with DWMHA produced this privately funded special as what they hope to be a statewide effort to educate people about mental illness and improve services and treatment.

Schools, colleges, mental health organizations, and others are free to use this video as a community service tool.