Whisper co-founders Brad Brooks and Michael Heyward were blown away by the onslaught of Whispers expressing emotional pain. The Whisper community's anonymity provided safety for users to share their struggles, but Heyward and Brooks felt compelled to offer more help. So they reached out to Brooks' wife Nicole who is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Together, they decided to set up a 501(c)(3) nonprofit called Your Voice in 2012 to offer hope and resources for mental health issues.
Unfortunately, 75 percent of young adults do not reach out for help. Why? Stigma; concern that their bosses, professors, colleagues and friends would judge them, and think they are damaged or not competent. But the truth is, one out of four young adults has some form of mental health issue. You are not alone. No matter how painful or how messed up your life might seem, there is hope and there are many people out there who have struggled with and overcome similar issues. So that's the goal behind Your Voice. To let people know they are not alone, that YOUR VOlCE IS OUR VOICE. To fulfill this goal, we have worked tirelessly this past year to launch a new digital platform. This platform allows users to upload their own video and share their story. We hope this provides inspiration and comfort to other users who still think they are alone.
Co-founder and CEO,
Co-founder and Chairman,
Director, Your Voice
I co-founded Whisper along with Brad Brooks with the mission of giving people a place to freely and authentically express themselves. We formed Your Voice shortly after Whisper launched to promote mental health by showing how many of us struggle and ultimately overcome the same issues. I’m excited to be a part of the first of many Your Voice initiatives to bring awareness to how common mental health issues are.
I co-founded Whisper along with Michael Heyward and we formed Your Voice, along with my wife Nicole, to destigmatize the issues we all struggle with. Our message is simple: You are not alone. We hope Your Voice inspires others who may be struggling with an issue to reach out for help.
As a marriage and family therapist, I am keenly aware of the healing power in expressing your thoughts and feelings. I believe that sharing your stories and being validated for your truth is intrinsic to happiness and inner peace. I am blessed to be married to Whisper co-founder Brad Brooks who shares my commitment to raising awareness about mental health issues.
I am honored to be a founding member of Your Voice as The Partnerships and Outreach Manager. As a young adult who has faced my fair share of triumphs and tribulations, I can personally attest to the health benefits of self expression and self acceptance. I am thrilled my efforts have made this digital platform a reality which I know will inspire many others.
I am thrilled to be a part of the Your Voice team as we work to create a truly unique place in today’s digital landscape. Harnessing the strength, resilience, and courage of my generation, Your Voice stands to be an honest platform of hope, and open-mindedness. As a millennial filmmaker and designer, I fully believe in the positive power of storytelling and I hope Your Voice plays an important role in today’s discussion on mental health.
I am honored to have played a part in launching Your Voice. As a film director and writer, I have found that the bravery needed to honestly express yourself is one of the most important aspects to living a healthy life, and to saying something important. It is my desire that people find a haven here, a home to find identification with others working through similar problems, and a medium through which to share their voices with the world.
First, tell us your name, age, and then share with us your story. It can be anything from something you are dealing with to something you have overcome.
(Please keep you story between 40 seconds and 5 minutes in length)
Now, for your story thumbnail, please either take a frontal photo or upload one from your computer (recommended).
Here is an example:
Accepting who I am has allowed me to be happy
By using or visiting the Your Voice site and/or services (the “Service”) to upload content you agree to the following terms and conditions. As a user of the Service you may submit works of art, videos, photos, sound, text, music, audiovisual combinations, and other materials (“Content”) to the Service. You understand that Company does not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to any Content you submit. You shall be solely responsible for your own Content and the consequences of submitting and publishing your Content on the Service. You affirm, represent, and warrant that you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to publish Content you submit; and you license to Company all patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights in and to such Content for publication on the Service. You further agree that Content you submit to the Service will not contain third party copyrighted material, or material that is subject to other third party proprietary rights, unless you have permission from the rightful owner of the material or you are otherwise legally entitled to post the material and to grant Company all of the license rights granted herein. You further agree that you will not submit to the Service any Content that is offensive, indecent, inaccurate, unlawful, defamatory, sexually oriented, racially offensive, or otherwise objectionable or contrary to applicable local, national, and international laws and regulations. For clarity, you retain all of your ownership rights in your Content. However, by submitting Content to Company, you hereby grant Company a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the Content in connection with the Service and Company's (and its successors' and affiliates') operations, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Service (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels. You also hereby grant each user of the Service a non-exclusive license to download and/or access your Content through the Service, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such Content as permitted through the functionality of the Service. The above licenses granted by you in Content you submit to the Service are perpetual and irrevocable, though you may request that Company remove your Content and Company shall take reasonable efforts to honor your request and remove Content from the Services, however users who previously downloaded Content from the Service may continue using such Content. Company does not endorse any Content submitted to the Service by any user or other licensor, or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein, and Company expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with Content. Company does not permit copyright infringing activities and infringement of intellectual property rights on the Service, and Company will remove Content if properly notified that such Content infringes on another's intellectual property rights. Company reserves the right to remove Content without notice.
Please allow up to 48 hours for us to review your video. You will receive an email once your story has been added.