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Passion for Change Seeks Communications Professionals, Mental Health and Addiction Organizations for Pilot Project

National prototype project invites professionals in marketing and communications and mental health/addiction organizations to help break the stigma of mental illness.

Westlake, Ohio—September 23,  2016—Both U.S. and British statistics show that one in four of us experiences a mental illness in a given year. And if you aren’t affected directly, mental illness will have an impact on your life through a family member, friend, neighbor, colleague, or through a chance encounter in the grocery store or on the street.

Passion for Change, a Cleveland-area not-for-profit created to break the stigma of mental illness, is recruiting professionals in marketing and communications to participate in its core program, Communicators for Mental HealthSM. The program, designed as a national prototype, has been launched as a Greater Cleveland Pilot Project. The project is designed to train marketing and communications professionals through an online certificate course, “Understanding Mental Illness, Addiction, Stigma & Advocacy,” and then match them with underfunded local mental health/addiction organizations for a pro bono project. Together, they will help effect change through a shared passion.

“This is an exceptional opportunity for both marketing and communications professionals and mental health and addiction organizations,” said President & CEO Marilyn Mongeon Quill. “The pilot project is groundbreaking, with benefits all around. Marketing and communications professionals can enhance their resumes through education and a pro bono project in a specialized area and, as trained advocates, they will be better equipped to support family, friends, and colleagues dealing with a mental illness. Additionally, mental health and addiction organizations will have access to marketing and communications professionals who actually ‘get’ mental illness and stigma and are prepared to assist in a pro bono capacity.”

Passion for Change has been developing Communicators for Mental Health in partnership with Greater Cleveland mental health and addiction organizations. Its earlier Phase I included representatives from Center for Families & Children, MHS (now Frontline Service), May Dugan Center, NAMI Greater Cleveland, Recovery Resources, Spectrum of Supportive Services, and Suicide Prevention Education Alliance (now LifeAct).

Volunteers in a variety of fields—including public relations, marketing, social and electronic media, advertising, website development and graphics and fine arts—will find personal satisfaction in giving back to the community. “It’s also an opportunity for them to put Greater Cleveland on the map in developing a national prototype,” said Mongeon Quill.

 Passion for Change’s mission is to be a catalyst in breaking the stigma of mental illness by shedding light, challenging misperception, and driving change through research, advocacy, and education.

 For more information or to apply for the Communicators for Mental HealthSM Greater Cleveland Pilot Project, contact Marilyn Mongeon Quill at 216.496.3295 or info@passionforchange.org. Website: www.passionforchange.org.

 

Kathlyn Levine to administer Passion for Change’s Greater Cleveland Pilot Project

Westlake, Ohio (Oct. 17, 2014) — Passion for Change announced the appointment of Kathlyn S. Levine, BBA, CPL, CVA, as program administrator for PfC’s core program, Communicators for Mental HealthSM.

“Kathy will be a tremendous asset by participating in the selection of participants for our Communicators for Mental HealthSM 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 HealthSM 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 HealthSM, 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 www.passionforchange.org or by emailing info@passionforchange.org.

A native New-Yorker, Levine has lived in Greater Cleveland since 1999. She 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. She creates and manages special events for organizations seeking to increase their revenue, stakeholders and supporters.

Passion for Change is a Westlake-based not-for-profit 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. For more information on its Communicators for Mental HealthSM Greater Cleveland Pilot Project, contact Marilyn Mongeon Quill at 216.496.3295 or mquill@passionforchange.org.

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News Release July 5, 2014

AUGUST 7 EVENT FEATURES MARK WHITACRE, WHISTLEBLOWER AND FOCUS OF THE BEST-SELLING BOOK AND CONTROVERSIAL MOVIE, “THE INFORMER”

 

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 http://bit.ly/TBfMC9 or http://passionforchange.givezooks.com/events/when-good-leaders-lose-their-way.

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 Communicators for Mental HealthSM Greater Cleveland Pilot Project. More information at 216.496.3295 or mquill@passionforchange.org.

Contact: Marilyn Mongeon Quill, M.S., APR, 216.496.3295 or mquill@passionforchange.org

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