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.
- 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 – Co Founder
Thomas Le – Co Founder
Eddie Alvaro – Creative Director
My relationship with mental health not only deals with my own personal battles, but with friends and family as well. I have spent a lot of my life fighting for and against myself in my own head. It has caused me to both succeed and fail. With my art, I find peace in creating images that reflect those battles. I love creating images that evoke emotion. I hope others can find creative ways to express their feelings – not only as a form of self expression but as a way to identify and understand the beauty in the positives and negatives of their own unique individualities.