Who We Are

UnderstandUs is a volunteer initiative that combats the stigma of mental health.

Our Vision: to improve the health and understanding of those with mental health barriers.

Our Mission: to provide awareness and education to overcome mental health barriers in youth.

We Believe:

  • The biggest impact we can make is in youth education.
  • Encouraging Vulnerability will allow youth to seek help at an early age.
  • Isolation results from the misconception and stigma attached to mental health.
  • There is a need for healthy outlets in the early stages of mental illness.




Jim Demeray – President

Jim Demeray Co-Founder jdemeray@understandus.ca

I am 31 years old.  I have always challenged myself to achieve many goals in my life and although I have found success, I have struggled with generalized anxiety.  I have also known many others close to me that have struggled with mental health barriers, and a common theme was a lack of understanding surrounding it.  I wanted to change this reality by promoting the understanding of those with mental health barriers in turn improving the health and happiness of these individuals.

Read Jim’s Story