Our Partners Give Back to Mental Health
“The Therapist” and “The Patient” wines were created in a collaboration between Slate Theory Winery and The Big Silence Foundation to continue to open up mental health conversations and break the silence together. A portion of the proceeds benefit The Big Silence Foundation’s programs and tools to support people’s mental health journey. Find out more.
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The Big Silence Foundation is a charitable organization based in Austin, TX, with the mission to cultivate conversations and offer resources and programs to destigmatize and change the culture around mental health. The mental health foundation was founded in 2021 by Karena Dawn, a wellness entrepreneur and leading mental health advocate, based on her experiences growing up in a family impacted by mental illness (shared in her memoir, The Big Silence).
It’s our goal to support people’s mental health journey from childhood to adult and to create a more joyful and loving place.
I created The Big Silence Foundation in memory of my mother, who battled with paranoid schizophrenia and severe depression throughout her life. Growing up, my childhood was filled with traumatic experiences that resulted in repressed emotions, shame, guilt and a suicide attempt. There were no resources to help me. No one was talking about mental illness, and it was all very “hushed.” I know from experience that silence only reinforces the stigma. We are here to break the silence, to be a resource and to support a cultural change in mental health. It’s our goal to support people’s mental health journey from childhood to adult and to create a more joyful and loving place.
The Big Silence Foundation cultivates conversations and offers resources and programs to destigmatize and change the culture around mental health. Our programs and tools support people’s mental health journey from children to adulthood.
Therapy for All makes 1:1 talk therapy accessible to those who need assistance with a robust network of mental health professionals. If you're a therapist or licensed counselor, we invite you to be a part of this initiative and join our directory.
Our youth programs inspire a message of hope and provide kids with tools and resources that have lasting impact on their lives and mental health. Based on Karena’s experience and expertise as a leading mental health advocate and fitness champion, as well as knowledge and insights from licensed mental health professionals, this program takes an approach to integrate mental and physical strength, mindfulness, and clarity.
Through our Corporate Wellness initiative we help employers educate, attract, and retain their top talent, ensuring a culture of empowerment, growth, and mental wellness. Our corporate programs enrich and benefit employee mental health with weekly events, monthly talks and staff retreats, and Thought Leadership discussions and panels around relative company topics.
Our motivational podcast features in-depth conversations with psychologists, celebrities, spiritual leaders, public figures, friends, and others who have been impacted by a mental health condition – either themselves, or through a family member or a friend. Conversations offer a message of hope and resiliency, and provide listeners with tools to navigate their mental and physical wellbeing.
The top mental health podcast provides discussions, interviews, and real life conversations surrounding topics, including: addiction, trauma and PTSD, integrating mindfulness, freedom through acceptance, building compassion and self love, coping with anxiety and depression, nutrition, physical wellness, self-care, caring for loved ones with a mental health condition and more.
Speaking about mental health can help change lives! Karena shares her own journey from hopelessness to healing, and her knowledge and expertise as a leading mental health advocate with more than a decade of experience through partnerships with NAMI, other organizations, schools, and educational institutions.
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