Share your Rogers Foundation Experience
Have you or a loved one been helped by Rogers Foundation? Tell us how we helped!
Complete this online form if you received a Patient Care Grant or Angel Fund gift, or if you utilized spiritual care services during your stay. You may also use this form to indicate your desire to speak at one of our fundraising and awareness events.
Inspire Hope: Be a Rogers Champion
Thoughtful sharing of your story of mental illness has been known to have an empowering effect, while at the same time help to break down public stigma.
Rogers Foundation offers opportunities for you to share your experience with others: write a letter, speak at small Foundation gatherings, or present your experience at one of our larger fundraising and awareness events.
We have a special name for those who wish to share their story with us: Rogers Champions. It is because of people like you who are championing the way for others to get the help they need.
Making a strategic decision: Should I talk about my mental health challenge and recovery?
Talking about your mental illness should, first and foremost, support your healing and recovery. While many reach point in their recovery when they have a strong desire to stop keeping their mental illness a secret and/or assist others by sharing what they have learned, it is always important to consider any consequences of sharing your story. For some, the benefits outweigh the potential risks and they decide to talk about their mental illness with their family, their friends, at their workplace and/or other settings. Some choose to participate in opportunities to tell their story publicly to further the mission of reducing stigma.
Before you talk about your mental illness and experiences of recovery, consider the potential short-term benefits and risks and the long-term benefits and risks of sharing your personal information. Sometimes people overestimate the negative reactions of others and discover that people are more supportive than expected and even begin to share their own experiences. Some people underestimate the risks and are surprised when someone they know says something negative about the choice to talk or even puts them down for having a mental illness. It is difficult to predict how others will react and how you will feel about your decision in the future. Hearing your story could both negatively and positively impact friendships, job opportunities and other relationships.
Careful consideration needs to be given to this decision. The setting for the conversation, the people you choose to talk with and what you choose to share are all parts of the decision. Some people find it very freeing to stop hiding that aspect of who they are. They choose to talk about it openly and have decided not to let the risks stop them from getting the benefits. Others carefully walk a path of disclosure, one person and setting at a time. It is up to you. A workbook to help you make disclosure decisions can be found here: Up to Me
“I remember when I was at Rogers. We had that man who was a past resident on the adult unit come and talk. I remember how it impacted me to see someone who had gotten over something like what I was going through.”
“I plan on spending the rest of my life trying to help children and teenagers who are going through what I had to suffer through. I know I am only 20 years old, but I am positive that this is what I want to spend the rest of my life doing. I want to give some hope to people who feel hopeless. I want to tell kids about what I went through, how hard Rogers was at times, how hard it was to leave Rogers and what it’s like to be a “normal” young adult whose diagnoses are still a huge part of her life and her identity.”