Helping people with mental health challenges and disabilities lead happy, productive, and full lives.
Who We Are
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The mission of Filling in the GAPS is to offer education, advocacy, and support for individuals and families affected by mental health and disabilities.
In pursuit of our mission, we strive to:
- decrease the stigmas associated with mental health AND disabilities through increased awareness and education.
- create spaces where individuals feel inspired to “show up” as their authentic selves in safe, supported environments.
- provide programs and opportunities that promote holistic personal development.
We envision a community where all people regardless of race, disability, gender, age, economic status, religion or sexual orientation have access to appropriate resources to help them achieve their full potential.
Our Reason why
Mental health and disabilities often go hand–in–hand. Mental health disorders can be caused by or lead to physical impairments, and vice versa. For example, someone with a mental health disorder may have difficulty communicating, which can lead to social isolation and increased anxiety. Alternatively, someone with a physical disability may have difficulty accessing mental health services. Mental health education and advocacy can help break down the barriers that people with mental health disorders and disabilities face. By increasing awareness and understanding of mental health and disabilities, we can help create a more inclusive society that provides support and opportunities for all.
Dr. Onnie Poe
“My passion for people and for people-centered work has afforded me the opportunity to enjoy many wonderful experiences throughout my life, both professional and personal. I have an extensive work history that spans several disciplines including public health, non-profit project management, behavioral health, and education. These experiences have afforded me a wealth of knowledge and have fueled my continued passion to provide education, support, and advocacy for the many causes that I am passionate about. “