Breaking the stigma of mental illness                             


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Welcome to Passion for Change . . .

Passion for Change is organized exclusively for research, advocacy and education in the mental health field, with breaking the stigma of mental illness as its major focus. 

Passion for Change is designed to address issues and provide solutions both locally and with a national scope.


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Communicators for Mental Health




A Vision of Breaking the Stigma:

I have a vision that goes like this: In this new century, mentally ill people will have the science, the organized voting strength, and the means to leave our ghettos of isolation behind us. We will finally join with the mainstream community, where well be able to live as individuals and not as a group of people who are known and feared by the names of our illness."

"The day the voices stopped: A memoir of madness and hope"


What is "Stigma"?

A person who is stigmatized is a person whose social identity,

or membership in some social category, calls into question his or her full humanity—

the person is devalued, spoiled, or flawed in the eyes of others.”

Hebl & Kleck (2002), a definition currently having “high consensus among social psychologists,” advanced by Crocker, Major and Steele.



NAMI Walks


Passion for Change supported NAMI Greater Cleveland by participating in its September 7, 2013, NAMIWalks. The PfC team included (standing, left to right) PfC Board Director Leon Harris, III, PfC Volunteer Administrative-Assistant Karmel Gravely, Donna Storm, daughter and PfC Board Vice-Chair Marissa Norden and (front row) Levi Harris, mom Tashena Harris, PfC President & CEO Marilyn Mongeon Quill and PfC’s mascot gorilla … who said it was very hot, and he would prefer to remain anonymous.






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