“In 2012 after experiencing a traumatic life event, 
I was diagnosed with clinical depression.”

“In 2012 after experiencing a traumatic life event, 
I was diagnosed with clinical depression.”

Kevin M. Lynch, President/CEO, The Quell Foundation, Inc.

The truth is, that is the very first time I have written those words and it kind of scares the hell out of me. Fortunately, as a disabled veteran, I was able to reach out and receive the help I needed quickly. For the first six months or so, tomorrow wasn’t guaranteed. Today I am doing great. With the help of necessary medication and very strong relationships with family and friends, my days are filled with awesomeness.

There. I have Lifted the Mask. I don’t feel relieved, I feel vulnerable. Essentially, I can now be a target for the negative stereotypes and social stigmatisms placed on the 42.5 million Americans adults who suffer with some form of mental illness each year. But that’s okay—it’s part of educating society. I didn’t choose this, anymore than my friend Martin chose to have diabetes, or my grandfather chose to die from pancreatic cancer. It chose me. Bad decision for depression!

    The Mission of The Quell Foundation is to create a paradigm shift in how society views and treats people with a mental health illness.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce our first campaign of 2016, The #LiftTheMask Project. #LiftTheMask helps to address awareness about mental illness by sharing real-life stories from those who experience it. And that’s where you come in. We are in the process of collecting candid stories and words of advice from people across the country, discussing issues such as acute anxiety, post-traumatic stress, bipolar disorder, or clinical depression.

Your contribution will be compiled with other submissions and published in a special book by The Quell Foundation, Inc. This inspirational, raw, and supportive publication will be distributed to:

  • The Quell Foundation Scholarship recipients
  • LE & First Responder communities
  • Colleges and Universities across the country with a degree program in the mental health field that leads to licensure as a mental health practitioner

To see examples of some stories that we have already shared, 
visit: Quell Stories

If you would like to contribute, but aren't sure where to start, try some of these thought-starters:

  • Use your own words to share your story.
  • What treatments, exercises, or people have helped you?
  • What do you want others to know about your story?
  • How has your experience changed your life?
  • What advice would you offer to someone with a similar diagnosis?

A committee will review each submission and help you with any grammatical corrections or other edits, without changing your content. You will then have a final draft to approve before we publish anything.

Privacy is of the utmost importance at The Quell Foundation and your name, photo, or any other private information will not be published without your written consent to do so.

Our goal for The #LiftTheMask Project is to open an honest dialogue about mental illness. We truly believe that the stories of those who experience it directly can have the most impact on the individuals and communities most in need.

Sharing is not just an act of support for those in need, but this simple act can be personally rewarding too, providing a much needed outlet and therapeutic release.

On a personal note, sharing my journey has not only been an important part of my healing process, but the catalyst to raising awareness and helping others find their voice. We urge you to do the same and look 
forward to seeing and sharing your story.

We hope you consider choosing The Quell Foundation as your outreach platform and ask that you share the project with all of your family, friends, and colleagues. Because, everyone knows someone that wants 
to #LifttheMask.

Beyond grateful,



If you should have any problems submitting below, please email us your story directly at LiftTheMask@thequellfoundation.org. If you would rather tell us your story and have us transcribe it, please email us and we will contact you to set up a time to talk over the phone.

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