Philanthropy

ReDiscover Takes a Bite Out of Stigma

ReDiscover’s inaugural Take a Bite Out of Stigma fundraiser helps support services for those affected by mental illness or substance abuse.

Every day, ReDiscover’s crisis line receives more than 80 calls. The nonprofit offers services to those with mental health and substance abuse issues, a staggering 1,000 people a day, and the numbers keep going up, says Director of Development and Communications Cheryl Nash.

“We are really, really at a critical point,” she says. “We’re getting a lot of calls for help and we want to be able to help each and every person who makes a call or walks through our doors, but it’s getting more and more difficult because there’s not enough funding there to help every single person.”

Started in 1969, the nonprofit offers a variety of mental health services for men, women, children and families, including group therapy programs and case management. Substance abuse services, added after ReDiscover was founded, include a program for women and children and two residential homes in Hyde Park where women can stay with their kids while receiving treatment.

Overall, ReDiscover is serving 8,500 individuals a year.

“There is a huge need out there and we need to be addressing that need and funding that need,” Nash says.

ReDiscover is funded in part by state Medicaid, grants and donations, but the nonprofit is hoping to raise $125,000 with a new event, Take a Bite out of Stigma ($125 per ticket; $250 for VIP).

Nov. 13 at Union Station, attendees can sample signature bites and cocktails from participating restaurants including Garozzo’s, The Farmhouse, Q39 and more, enjoy performances from Quixotic and live performance art, bid on packages at a silent auction, dance, and learn more about ReDiscover—and the stigma surrounding the issues it focuses on, which often keeps people from seeking the help that they need, Nash explains.

“Mental health and substance abuse disorders can affect anybody; it could be your coworker, your friend, your family. I like to say everybody knows somebody,” she says.

And talking about the often avoided topics, including suicide, can have a big impact,

“The more we speak about it,” Nash says, “the more we all become aware about the signs and the symptoms.”

To learn more about ReDiscover, including how to donate or volunteer, visit rediscovermh.org. –Kelsey Cipolla