Woodley House – a Founding Partner of CHANGE DIRECTION!
Woodley House is proud to be a Founding Partner of CHANGE DIRECTION … and on March 4th, joined over 400 concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector at the Newseum for the launch of this exciting new public awareness campaign. CHANGE DIRECTION is dedicated to changing the story about how we talk about mental health in America.
One in five Americans has a diagnosable mental illness, but too many don’t understand the warning signs or are reluctant to seek help because of the stigma involved. It’s time to come together to open the conversation … or ‘flip the script’ as First Lady Michelle Obama said in her stirring keynote speech. “Our mental health is just as vital as our physical health, it’s time we start treating it that way”. She spoke about the real and dangerous consequences when people don’t get the help they need – and recounted the story of one veteran who nearly succumbed to the pressures of PTSD and depression, but found help and a new beginning. He was in the audience and received a standing ovation … it was a morning of emotional and inspiring stories, as well as informative panels by experts in the mental health field.
CHANGE DIRECTION asks people to learn the 5 SIGNS OF SUFFERING … Personality change; Agitation; Isolation; Poor self care (diet, personal hygiene, risky behavior); Hopelessness. If you recognize these signs in yourself or in family member or friend, you might want to reach out for help. Please see www.changedirection.org for more information about this very important campaign and take the pledge yourself to join with us to start the conversation. Only by breaking the barriers of silence can we really make change happen.
Our 18th Movie Benefit “UNBROKEN” – A Great Success!
Woodley House presented a very special, pre-release screening of Universal Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ UNBROKEN for our 18th Annual Movie Benefit on December 17, 2014 and it was a great success. Our Master of Ceremonies, the charming Doreen Gentzler of NBC4 News, presented the Woodley House Rose Award to Calvin Cafritz, CEO of the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, for their history of philanthropic leadership and generosity to Woodley House and our Washington, DC community at large. For more information and photos of this event, please click here.