Jacob Moore is a creative and founder of NoStigmas, a social movement for mental health awareness and peer support.
Jacob’s journey began at six when his father died by suicide. Feelings of abandonment, anger and anxiety grew into panic disorder and eventually clinical depression. Ashamed, he became an expert at wearing a mask to hide his mental illness for over 20 years. This cost Jacob countless jobs, numerous relationships, his home and very nearly his life. Having hit rock bottom after being arrested, he spent the next three years paying restitution, performing community service and making regular probation visits to the Cook County Jail in Chicago.
Lasting change came when Jacob found peer support and adopted an integrative approach to mental health. Having experienced the positive
impact of sharing lived experiences, Jacob created NoStigmas as a place for people to connect, share their story and learn about mental health without feeling alone or ashamed. The community grew and in 2011, NoStigmas became recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.
Jacob speaks and writes on the topics of mental wellness, suicide prevention, stigmas, peer support and holistic health. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and the American Red Cross Disaster Action Team, has trained as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and received recognition for his work from SAMHSA, WEGO Health and GreatNonprofits. In addition to being an avid user of both nature and pet therapy, Jacob performs stunts, martial arts and acrobatics to support his mental wellness. He splits his time between Los Angeles and the open road.