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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.




News Release October 17, 2014

Contact: Marilyn Mongeon Quill, M.S., APR  

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Levine to administer Communicators for Mental Health Greater Cleveland Pilot Project  


Passion for Change is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathlyn S. Levine, BBA, CPL, CVA, as program administrator for PfC's core program, Communicators for Mental Health.  A native New Yorker, Levine has been a University Heights resident since 1999.

 "Kathy will be a tremendous asset by participating in the selection of participants for our Communicators for Mental Health Greater Cleveland Pilot Project and managing the day-to-day process," says PfC President & CEO Marilyn Mongeon Quill, who directs the project.


Designed as a national prototype, the CMH Greater Cleveland Pilot Project includes training professionals in the communications field through PfC's online certificate course, Understanding Mental Illness, Addiction, Stigma & Advocacy - A Communicators for Mental Health Primer, and later matching them for a pro-bono project with local mental-health and addiction organizations in need of their assistance.  As part of Communicators for Mental Health, the self-study, online certificate course is available to 25 to 50 local professionals in the communications field at no charge during the pilot project. A project application is available at or by emailing


Levine is a PfC emerita board director, holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Pace University, New York City, with majors in marketing and education, is certified as a paralegal by the National Center for Paralegal Training, Atlanta, Ga., and is certified in volunteer administration by the Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA).  She was also vice-president of AVA's board of directors and a member of its ethics and board-development committees. She has been published in AVA's Journal of Volunteer Administration and has written numerous articles for volunteer management newsletters and other publications.  Levine has taught a certificate course in advanced volunteer management at Kent State University. A past-president of the Forum for Volunteer Administrators, she created FVA's Mentor Match program and also its successful Essentials in Volunteer Management course.  Through her company, Management Systems by Design, Inc., Levine also conducts workshops on volunteerism and volunteer management and consults to not-for-profit and corporate organizations. 


For more information on its Communicators for Mental Health Greater Cleveland Pilot Project, contact Marilyn Mongeon Quill at 216.496.3295 or


News Release July 5, 2014

Contact: Marilyn Mongeon Quill, M.S., APR  

216.496.3295 or


FBI informant reveals how undiagnosed Bipolar Disorder played role in famous scandal

Cleveland--A corrupt corporate culture, an international, multi-billion-dollar price-fixing scheme and three years of covert work with the FBI—fueled by reckless abandon related to years of undiagnosed and untreated Bipolar Disorder—will be the focus of "When Good Leaders Lose Their Way," a luncheon program sponsored by Passion for Change and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.

Registration for the program begins at 10:45 a.m. and the luncheon program starts at 11:15 a.m. The event, featuring Mark Whitacre, Ph.D., will take place at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Second Level of the Galleria, 1301 East 9th St., Cleveland.

Tickets for the general public are $37.50 each, or $225 for a table for six. $15 of the ticket will be designated as a tax-deductible gift to Passion for Change in its work of breaking the stigma of mental illness. To reserve a seat for the program, visit or

Whitacre—the whistleblower from the Archer Daniels Midland international price-fixing scandal—is also the subject of the best-selling book and controversial movie, "The Informer." High-level politics and jockeying litigators, coupled with risky behavior and crumbling loyalties, led to Whitacre’s own prosecution and more than eight years in federal prison for white-collar crime.

Today, the four FBI agents involved with Whitacre's case tout him publicly as a "national hero" for his substantial assistance with one of the most important white-collar cases in history. Douglas Burris, chief of U.S. Federal Probation in the Eastern District of Missouri, stated, "The story about Mark Whitacre's redemption and second chance is one of the most inspirational stories of our time."

Passion for Change is a Westlake-based not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), which serves as a catalyst in breaking the stigma of mental illness by shedding light, challenging misperception and driving change through research, advocacy and education. PfC Is currently conducting its

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