project leader
Alyssa C
location
112 E Sherman Street
(Millvale)
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Join Us for Anonymous Open Mic Next Week!

the project

Inside Our Minds works to elevate the voices of people with lived experience of mental illness and madness in Pittsburgh. Through our community programming, we want to build a community where open conversations about mental illness and madness can take place.

Inside Our Minds is a completely volunteer-run organization - organized by people living with mental illness. To ensure the most people possible can benefit from our services, all of our events are free and open to the public. With your support, our team hopes to continue to provide our programming for free and expand our capacity as an organization - utilizing accessible venues and expanding our outreach to neighborhoods across Pittsburgh.

You can learn more about Inside Our Minds at our website, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

the steps

Inside Our Minds serves the Pittsburgh region through person-focused, community-based programming. Your generous donation will support the following events:

Anonymous Open Mic - a storytelling project working to build a community narrative around mental illness in Pittsburgh. Pittsburghers affected by mental illness can submit a short story, poem, or spoken word piece anonymously online. Community members can then volunteer to perform the anonymous works in front of a live audience on behalf of the anonymous storytellers.

Mental Health Cafe - a monthly community conversation on mental health and mental illness over coffee and treats. The event will focus on informal discussions and friendly peer support in a welcoming space for all.

The Mental Illness Spotlight - a podcast that fights the stigma of mental illness by featuring the stories of people with various mental health diagnoses. The podcast participants will share their experiences, discuss treatments & symptoms, take listener questions, and debunk stereotypes in order to educate community members about mental illness. Listen here.

why we're doing it

We believe that conversations about mental illness should be open and encouraged in our community, not hidden away. Inside Our Minds wants to demonstrate to our community that there is nothing scary about talking about mental illness. Come to one of our events and see for yourself! :)

budget

With $5,000 and your support, Inside Our Minds can provide free events and programming to our Pittsburgh community for an entire year - services like Anonymous Open Mic, Mental Health Cafe, and The Mental Illness Spotlight Podcast.

 



Project Subtotal =  $5,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $150
Total to raise on ioby = $5,185

 

updates

Join Us for Anonymous Open Mic Next Week!

Interested in seeing what Inside Our Minds does in the Pittsburgh community? Come to our next Anonymous Open Mic on Thursday, June 28th at 6:30pm at the Millvale Public Library!

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2064616293815401/

Only 20 Days Left!

Only 20 days left for our ioby crowdfunding campaign! As many of you know, all Inside Our Minds programming is free and open to the public. Please consider making a donation or helping to spread the word to help us keep our events this way. You'll be supporting awesome events like Anonymous Open Mic (coming up June 28th) and Mental Health Cafe, as well as new events on the horizon.

So far, our community has contributed $750! THANK YOU! You all are amazing! :) Let's keep this momentum going until the end of June.

Happy Birthday To Us!

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to support Inside Our Minds at our Second Birthday Party and Friendraiser at the Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden. We raised $430 from our raffle alone (plus our portion of whiskey sales)!

Help us keep up our momentum by making a donation today! Let's see if we can reach $1,000 by the end of the month!

 

Image of 14 people smiling at the camera in an outdoor setting.

Join us for a Friendraiser and Birthday Celebration!

Inside Our Minds is turning two, and we'd love for you to come and celebrate! The Inside Our Minds Team will be partying at the Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse this year - and we hope this year can be even bigger and better than the last!

The Inside Our Minds Team will be partying at the Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse, where 9.9% of all proceeds from drinks (both alcoholic and non), bottled whiskey, and merchandise will be donated to funding our free community programming.

Gaucho’s food truck Asado will be in the parking lot selling delicious Argentinian food! There will also be a silent auction with great prizes from local businesses!

RSVP at http://insideourminds.org/two-years/.

Learn More About Our Programs - Anonymous Open Mic

Recently, Inside Our Minds held our third Anonymous Open Mic Night at The Glitter Box Theater in Oakland. The event is open to the community, providing free admission, snacks, and drinks. 

What is Anonymous Open Mic? AOM is a storytelling project working to build a community narrative around mental illness in Pittsburgh. Modeled after a traditional open mic night, AOM provides a community space for performers and audience members to feel comfortable talking about mental illness.

How does it work? Pittsburghers affected by mental illness can submit a short story, poem, or spoken word piece anonymously online. Community members can then volunteer to perform the anonymous works in front of a live audience on behalf of the anonymous storytellers. There is also an opportunity for individuals to perform their own works on mental illness.

With your support, we can continue to hold Anonymous Open Mic nights in Pittsburgh!

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Our Year One Impact

Our first year as an organization was an amazing one! We started as a small blogging project and soon (with support from our community) expanded to an organization with a huge impact. We accomplished all this with a budget of around $1,500 - imagine what we could do with $5,000!

Inside Our Minds Impact Report for 2017

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

donors

  • Keith Gottschalk
  • Cash Raffle Donations
  • Shaun
  • Shaun
  • Victoria Hans
  • Mental Health Cafe Attendees
  • Julius B.
  • Heather Painter
  • Shannen Cypher
  • Anonymous
  • Julius Boatwright
  • Anonymous