Mental Health Simulation

Mental Health Simulation

United States
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

To develop a mental health simulation where participants have the opportunity to "experience" the struggles and challenges of a mental diagnosis.  This simulation provides particiants with an understanding of the true nature of mental health and educates them  recognize and advocate for individuals with a mental health diagnosis.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The primary problem with mental health disorders is the lack of empathy and understanding by the majority of the public. Mental Health is not seen as a disorder which needs treatment. This lack of understanding toward mental health problems creates apathetic attitudes by those who should be making referrals and assisting others in seeking out treatment.
About You
Cord of Three Counseling Services
Section 1: About You
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Section 2: About Your Organization
Organization Name

Cord of Three Counseling Services

Organization Phone


Organization Address

PO Box 2429 Waycross, GA 31502

Organization Country
Your idea
Country your work focuses on
What makes your idea unique?

The novelty of this idea is that a simulation will build awareness in a way that is both powerful and educational for those who do not understand mental health. I have practiced mental health counseling in a major metropolis area and am now practicing in a small rural area. Within both venues I have found that the greatest barrier to effective treatment is a lack of timely and appropriate referrals. This is due, to a large degree, because of 1- a lack of awareness of what mental health problems are all about and 2 - a lack of understanding that mental health conditions are truly a disorder. Many people, professional and lay, consider mental health as a choice, one which the person suffering can simply make the choice to be better. It is a common belief that people should "learn to get over it." If we could increase awareness and understanding of mental illness issues with key stakeholders, I truly believe those key stakeholders would make referrals for treatment which are more timely and appropriate to the needs of their clients, consumers, customers, family, friends, etc...

Through the use of technology and experiential activities, we could develop a brief mental health 'simulation' which would provide participants with a first hand encounter of the difficulties and struggles men and women who have a mental health problem are dealing with. The simulation could include the more commonly diagnosed mental health disorders and it should be immediately followed up with a debriefing and education about the basic diagnostic criteria of the disorders which the participant encountered. With this hightened awareness of mental illness, the participants should be encouraged to make a timely referral.

The difficulties of creating a simulation include creating an experience that could capture the true nature of each disorder. I believe this can be addressed with creative use of technology, experiential activities, and proper education.

Do you have a patent for this idea?

What impact have you had?

There is no impact to measure with the use of a simulation. I have experienced a simulation for poverty and teen issues which have a significant impact on awareness and timely/appropriate response. A mental health simulation would develop a similar response.


Our organization has not taken any steps at this time to see this project a success because of the lack of funding for such a project.


Expected results would be two fold. First, there would be an increase in public awareness regarding mental health and the reality of its struggles and problems. The second would be that those who are working with individuals who might have a mental health diagnosis, they would be better prepared to recognize that a possible disorder might exist and make a more timely referral to a mental health professional.

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

Year 1: Project Funding, research and design, equipment and technology. To take on a project like this would require the agency to do its homework to determine accurately which mental health disorders to focus on, how to communicate the struggles of the disorder to the vast majority in a way which they would understand. The research would also be in how to design the simulation - use of technology, space, and experience.

Year 2 - Project Funding, project design and set-up, initial trials of the simulation.

Year 3 - Project Funding, hosting simulations with evaluations and feedback sessions from participants so that the project staff can reevaluate the simulation and strengthen its weak points.

What would prevent your project from being a success?

There are three primary barriers that would prevent our agency from making this a success. The first would, of course, be funding. The second would be having access to technology and project design experts to blend these two together, and the final barrier would be funding.

How many people will your project serve annually?


What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$1000 - 4000

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?

What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

In what country?
Is your initiative connected to an established organization?


If yes, provide organization name.

Cord of Three Counseling Services

How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?


Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?


Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?


Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?


Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

These partnerships are critical because of the in-kind donations they make through human resources, technology, and physical space which to develop our ideas.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

The first action would be to raise money to begin this project. The second action would be to secure a project manager whose primary focus is on seeing this project through and the final action would be to begin the research phase.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

We have been approached by other agencies who have asked for help in getting their employees to understand and have empathy for behavioral health problems.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor practicing counseling with a small non-profit practice in a rural area of southeast Georgia.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Through another organization or company

If through another, please provide the name of the organization or company

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