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

2019 Request for Proposals (RFPs)

The Ethel and James Flinn Foundation is pleased to announce that we are accepting proposals from supported organizations and the broader universe of non-profit organizations that deliver mental health care and services in southeast Michigan (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw). All applications must be submitted through our Online Grant Application Process which is accessible directly from our website.  A tutorial is available to help familiarize you with the process. The deadline for all applications is Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 4:00pm Please click on the...

Recent News

Mental Illness Series – May, 2019

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

2017 Annual Report

The Ethel and James Flinn Foundation is pleased to present our 2017 Annual Report as a summary of our grantmaking activity and a highlight of our...

Featured Video

Opening Minds – Campus Challenges

There is a mental health crisis facing college students.  One in five young people between the ages 14 to 24 will experience mental illness.  Left untreated, it can cause bigger problems later on.

Opening Minds Ending Stigma: Campus Challenges,” a riveting 30-minute documentary is a program that features candid and inspiring stories of college students and their families impacted by mental illness, illuminates the challenges presented by mental health conditions, the stigma that often delays effective treatment, and that recovery is possible. Also discussed is the rising suicide rate among young people on campus. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students.

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, presents a new mental health awareness broadcast in September in conjunction with National Suicide Prevention Month.

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.