I wanted to give you an update on the Beyond Blue Foundation.
In some ways, the foundation has been wildly successful. Our online communities now number over 13,000 members. Project Beyond Blue holds over 9,200 members and Group Beyond Blue, our Facebook support group, has over 4,100 people. Our Beyond Blue Grants Program is giving away small grants totaling $1K to persons who can’t afford to pursue an alternative treatment for depression. We were mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, AOL, Yahoo, BuzzFeed, MSN, Psych Central, Everyday Health, Huffington Post, and Deseret News.
However, I haven’t been able to raise enough funds or secure a grant for the foundation to work. Unfortunately I’m not at a place in my life where I can continue to devote an unlimited number of uncompensated hours a week to it. After studying all of my options, it became clear that the best way to preserve our signature program, Project Beyond Blue, and ensure it stays a free service, is to find another nonprofit with the technical and administrative infrastructure in place to run it. I feel extremely fortunate to have among my friends and colleagues John Grohol, CEO of Psych Central, the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health social network. He has agreed to operate both Project Beyond Blue and Beyond Blue Grants Program under his nonprofit, Pysch Central Community Connection.
I will continue to serve as the “host” of Project Beyond Blue, leading discussions and guiding people there through my writing. As Executive Director, John will handle the larger administrative tasks. Group Beyond Blue will operate independently of the nonprofit.
As John recently said to me, sometimes when we step outside our comfort zone and skill set to try something new, it works. And sometimes it doesn’t. But either way the good that we did, or at least tried to do, isn’t lost. I sincerely hope that is the case with this.
Thank you for being part of the journey.