About us

Rotarians for Mental Health brings together resources and information from Rotary Clubs around the country with the purpose of bringing awareness and taking action around mental health and substance use disorders.

Taking action, REducing Stigma

Many of us have major misperceptions and biases about mental illness, which are exacerbated by news reports of violent and tragic acts committed by some who are mentally ill.  The facts are that those with mental illness are no more likely to commit violent acts than those without any mental illness.  In fact, the mentally ill are much more likely to be victims of violence than the average person.  

It is estimated that about 20% of US adults suffer from a mental illness in any given year, yet only about 40% will receive treatment.  Of course, mental illness is not limited to adults; many of our children are also afflicted. The misperceptions about mental illness hinders your family, friends, business associates, other contacts...perhaps even you from being open about their condition.  This often discourages people from seeking proper treatment, which can lead to various complications and prevents those afflicted from living to their potential.

The Mission of the Rotarians for Mental Health is to build stronger communities through involvement and education in order to raise awareness, foster compassion and develop broad-based support for those affected by mental health and substance use disorders.

Hayes Family Mental Health Award


On May 23, 2018, The Rotary Club of Commerce City (CCRC-MHI) received the first-ever Hayes Family Mental Health Award for the club’s  Mental Health efforts. This District Award was created “To recognize and support an outstanding new project addressing depression, anxiety and/or addiction.”

Rotarians for Mental Health co-chairs Bill Farrow, Seth Patterson and Diane Messamore joined Lindsey Daly, Hayes Family Foundation representative in presenting the award at a CCRC meeting.


The award included a $2000 contribution in support of the club’s upcoming project: Just for Veterans and Their Families: Embracing Needs and Removing Barriers. This year-long veteran mental health project that has been developed by the CCRC-MHI to assist veterans and their families. THE GOAL of the new veteran mental health project is to Educate – bring Awareness – and Connect Veterans through activities such as Mental Health First Aid for Vets education course; connection with various veteran resources; mental wellness awareness events and a celebratory gathering on Veterans Day.  


Become One In A Million! 

In just 10 years, Mental Health First Aid has become a full-blown movement in the United States—more than  660,000 people have been trained in Mental Health First Aid. The National Council for Behavioral Health wants to train one million people in this important training.

Join your fellow Rotarians in getting trained in Mental Health First Aid and becoming more knowledgeable about mental health, and recognizing when help is needed.

Knowing the signs and how to offer assistance for mental health is as important as knowing CPR!

Rotarians for Mental Health's goal is to have 100 Rotarians from our District complete the MHFA this rotary year.  We are participating in the National Behavior Health Council ‘s national campaign to “Be One in Million”. 

The Rotarians for Mental Health program wishes to thank the Hayes Family Foundation for financial and emotional support that assisted us in creating and maintaining this website.  Your support is very much appreciated.  



The Rotarians for Mental Health program wishes to thank StorySpring Consulting LLC for their help in building this website.

We also thank Melly Kinnard for her financial support and leadership.