Throughout both his professional career and personal life, Vincent Mays has held great importance on mental health issues and mental health awareness working as a mental fitness consultant.
Every year, millions of Americans and even more people all around the world are affected by mental health conditions. Mental illness has held a huge impact on our society with:
- Increased suicide rates
- Higher dropout rates
- Higher potential of risk-taking behaviors leading to self harm or harm of others
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Lack of motivation
As a mental fitness consultant Vincent Mays has dedicated his career to helping others improve their mental strength to overcome difficult obstacles that can come from mental illness as well as ordinary life challenges.
Throughout his career, Vincent Mays has worked with and supported a variety of mental health charities and nonprofit organizations including:
Founded in 1979, The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has grown to become the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization made up of hundreds of volunteers, state organizations, and other local affiliates dedicated to improving the lives of millions of individuals affected by mental illness.
This Is My Brave is a mental health nonprofit dedicated to making mental health issues a more approachable topic through the act of storytelling and community building. The organization hosts a variety of events as well as blog posts and videos sharing personal stories and experiences of individuals who have suffered from mental illness but have gone on to live successful and fulfilling lives. The hope is that these events will inspire hope and encourage others to share their stories, bringing an end to the stigma that seems to surround mental health and mental illness.
Project Semicolon is a nonprofit organization and project founded by Amy Bleuel in 2013, ten years after her father had committed suicide. The project uses the symbolism of a semicolon, often in the form of a tattoo as a way to represent continuing life, in the same way an author chooses to use a semicolon to keep a sentence going instead of brining it to an end.