Silence the Shame is a non-profit health, education, awareness and advocacy organization. Through community conversations, compelling content and other programs, our goals are to normalize the conversation, peel back the layers of shame to eliminate stigma and provide support for mental health, poverty and youth empowerment.
Words from the founder
2018 was a stellar year for our organization. We have been busy in the trenches in the Atlanta community and across the nation making strides in erasing the stigma around mental health and poverty. Leading the way has been our mental health efforts, largely in part to the Silence the Shame (STS) movement. #SilenceTheShame is now a commonly used hashtag in the fight against stigma, especially in communities of color.
Due to the overwhelming response to the movement, programs, and outcomes, our team and the Board of Directors felt that a name change of the foundation from the Hip-Hop Professional Foundation, Inc. (HHPF) to Silence the Shame, Inc. is a better representation of our efforts and focus moving forward. The name change will occur in 2019.
The foundation’s work last year was impactful and plentiful given our limited funding with the hard work of our small but mighty staff and volunteer committee. We completed a 7-city teen mental health tour with the Jack and Jill Foundation, Inc., impacting teens in New York, Texas, Illinois, California and the District of Columbia. In addition, we secured a partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities to curate workshops and trainings around Behavioral Health and Faith in the State of Georgia. Finally, we produced successful Community Conversations with partners in music, technology, film and entertainment.
The National Day calendar recognized our efforts and officially proclaimed May 5th as National Silence the Shame day. We used that platform to raise funds for the foundation. Donors and supporters participated in a national text-a-thon on May 5th by donating/posting to social media. We raised over $16K through texting and over $10K via online donations. Celebrity supporters included Common, T-Boz of TLC, JoJo, Nick Cannon, and LL Cool J, to name a few.
We have worked hard to curate compelling content and outreach programs around mental health. Our podcast has gained momentum with 500-1,000 listens per episode. In addition, we taped our first webisode, #TeenDepressionTalk to increase awareness around teen wellness. Lastly, our outreach program, STS Self-Care Saturday, (one-hour wellness activities in Atlanta), was started with much enthusiasm and participation.
In closing, we launched a second No Reservations Needed outreach event combating poverty in the Atlanta community (for the Atlanta Mission), Father’s Food & Football. Over 400 men were served and supported. The annual No Reservations Needed Thanksgiving dinner was a huge success bringing together business leaders, civic leaders and influencers to serve the men at the mission with food, haircuts and more during the holiday season.
Our sincerest thanks to our partners, donors, volunteers and supporters of HHPF/STS.