Our mission is to raise awareness of the many mental health challenges faced and how people have overcome them.

Many people around us are suffering from challenges such as grief, depression, addiction, burnout, anxiety and PTS, yet they remain nameless and faceless.

UNCrushed Mission Statement 2019

Through people sharing their stories of experience, strength, and hope, our community will reassure you that you are not alone and no longer need to suffer in silence - there is a different path.

Only through talking about these challenges, can we help to break down the many stigmas associated with mental health.


DARING GREATLY: THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY

The perception that vulnerability is a weakness is the most widely accepted myth about vulnerability and the most dangerous.

Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston, shares “we cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from the offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.”

Brené harkened back to a speech that Teddy Roosevelt gave in 1910. In it, Roosevelt said:

THE MAN IN THE ARENA

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Brown shares that “when a person is thinking about or preparing to enter the arena, there is fear, self-doubt, comparison, anxiety, uncertainty, and shame. People tend to “armor up” emotionally and psychologically and when they do, they shield themselves from vulnerability. Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, joy, belonging, trust, empathy, creation and innovation.”


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