Inspiring lives worth living.



To end stigma and raise the bar for understating mental health and how to best support it.


To cultivate a climate where individuals and organizations equally value mental health and physical health, recognizing that the ability to thrive both personally and professionally is greatly impacted by one’s overall well-being.



It’s our belief that by focusing our efforts on addressing the manner in which we live we will be more effective in preventing moments of crisis and/or navigating through them. As a result, we will reduce the rate of suicide. We also believe that regardless of whether it’s a spontaneous suicide or a long-term depression induced suicide, all suicides involve three factors.


  1. Extreme Distress

  2. Isolation

  3. Loss of Hope


There is clear evidence that the stigma associated with suicide contributes to feelings of uncertainty, shame, and self-loathing which can prevent someone from seeking help. The stigma also prolongs and intensifies the grieving process for those who’ve lost a loved one to suicide. It’s critical for the overall health and well-being of everyone involved that we end the stigma and focus on the imbalance. 


To serve others through various avenues in order to promote healthy living and reduce the rate of suicide as well as offer support to those who’ve been impacted by depression and/or suicide.


These values are intended to offer guidance for our mission and the work we do as well as inspire and remind each of us of the ways in which we can live healthy and meaningful lives.


We must surround ourselves with people who will push us beyond our comfort zone in a healthy way, encourage us during times of self-doubt, and love us even when we feel unlovable. And we must be willing to do the same for others.


Don’t rush the healing process but be mindful that you are on a journey. Some days the road will feel bumpy, you may even feel you took a wrong turn … not to worry. I’ve found the best destinations often require a bit of adventure and few missteps in order to fully appreciate the paradise waiting around the corner.


Think through your actions and words. Make the tough choices and choose the path that may seem more difficult because when we struggle we’re telling the world that rather than giving up, we’re choosing to grow.


Allow yourself to open up to those around you. Find peace in speaking and/or writing about your journey. You never know who you might help by sharing your experience with others.


To yourself and to others. Reach out to those in need, forgive those who need to be forgiven, and show love in every action you take and every word you speak.


Take time every day to connect with your inner strength and peace through inspirational readings, meditation, or prayer. Discover the abundant love that comes from that connection and allow it to guide your words and actions throughout the day.

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GOOD is a 501(c)(3) public charity
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