Breaking the Chains Foundation is committed to the prevention of body-focused and mental well-being stigma. Our mission is to use the power of art and expression to foster creativity, build connections, and create a community in which individuals can thrive. We do this by transforming research and personal stories into artistic programs aimed at increasing self-love, self-esteem, self-compassion, and self-awareness. Tapping into those internal strengths and protective factors can greatly enhance mental, physical, and emotional health. Whereas experiencing stigma of mental health struggles, isolation, and the pressures of body-focused societal messages are examples of links in the chains that bind us. Our programs and advocacy are designed to Break these Chains!
Call to Action
We advocate for the prevention of body-focused and mental health stigma and work to support people in their pursuit of mental wellness. We offer creative workshops, live performances, online programs, music live-streams, campaigns, featured artist blogs, videos, films, books, events, guest speakers, information, and resources. We believe that positive body image, health, and self-love are possible, regardless of shape, size, race, age, or gender. Furthermore, we believe in full freedom from eating and body image issues.
- To break the chains of negative body image, disordered eating, related mental health issues, and the stigma associated with each.
- To provide resources for those looking to “link” with others on their healthy mental and emotional wellness journeys.
- To change the conversation around and stigma attached to body-image struggles and related mental health issues (e.g., eating disorders).
- To see beyond what is on the outside, but rather focus on the inside.
ONE LINK AT A TIME
The arts inspire and speak to our needs to reveal, heal, and transform. Through various art forms, one can explore their innermost thoughts and feelings. There, limitless potential soars.
EDUCATION, INTERVENTION & PREVENTION
Our programs engage, instill hope, and encourage creativity. BTCF thinks “outside the box.”
Led by a team of devoted, creative, and values-driven professionals who represent the fields of mental health, physical health and wellness, business, and the arts, our programs are uniquely grounded in evidence-based psychology and artistic expression. Current programming topics range from eating and body image issues to mental health disorders and offer education, intervention, and prevention. We strive to reach people, change unhealthy conversations, and inspire healing.