• Empowering Personal Experiences • Inspiring Compassion • Healing Lives

Our Partners Give Back to Mental Health

Slate Theory Winery

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.

Let's have an open conversation about mental health.

The Big Silence Podcast

The Big Silence podcast offers thousands of listeners weekly guidance about important mental health and self-development topics.

WHO ARE WE?

The Big Silence

is a charitable foundation dedicated to mental health founded by Karena Dawn.

Mental Health Foundation

WE'RE COMMITTED TO:

Helping everyone have access to mental health resources, and break the silence!

Impacting 3 million minds

Raising $3 million for change in the next year

Becoming the #1 global mental health movement

The Big Silence by Karena Dawn

FOLLOW THE MOVEMENT

EMPOWER • HEAL • INSPIRE

Our Partners

Thank you to our partners who want to help bring an end to the stigma that surrounds mental health.

We are here to break the silence, to be a resource and to support a cultural change in mental health.

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. 

A Message from Founder Karena Dawn

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 Mental Health Foundation

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.

Top Mental Health Podcast

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.

Mental Health Advocate

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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