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Hope, Healing, Wellness

Removing The Stigma educates, empowers, and cultivates HOPE, promotes mental and emotional wellness while removing the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide in the community; and provides a community of healing and hope to families who have lost their loved ones who

have died by suicide.


The vision of Removing The Stigma began in 2013, after Denise Holcomb, Founder and Executive Director, shared her story in a documentary film Living With Bipolar, for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.​​


individuals with mental illnesses through

peer-connected support groups, mental health coaching, and resources.


the obstacles of discrimination, stigma, and prejudice associated with mental illness and suicide through education, advocacy, and community collaboration. ​


change to achieve mental and emotional wellness.


of hope and support to families whose loved ones have died by suicide.



We are a peer-run, peer-owned organization.  As peers, we have walked some of the same paths as you, but we realize all of our journeys are different.


Denise Holcomb

Founder and Executive Director

Peer Recovery Supporter | Educational Paraprofessional | Sources of Strength Trainer | Mental Health Recovery Coach | Suicide Prevention Trainer 

Denise Holcomb is the Founder and Executive Director of Removing The Stigma (RTS). She combines peer support, coaching, training, and biblical teaching as she works with individuals to discover their true passion and purpose. She assists peers in understanding that they are not identified by a mental illness or substance use diagnosis, but they are individuals with an illness like any illness, and they too can live a meaningful productive life if they remove self-stigma and work toward living their true purpose. 


Denise also helps individuals whose loved ones have died by suicide to walk through

the stages of grief and find a way to remember their loved ones in a unique and meaningful way. 


Darcella Lambert


Darcella has over fifteen years of working with youth 6-18 with mental illness, physical, mental, sexual abuse in both residential and outpatient settings.

She has raised 3 of her own children with mental health disorders, all while going through her own personal struggles with mental illness. These personal and family experiences helped her to understand the mental health challenges and the level of extreme stress and pressure that is placed on caregivers,  individuals, and families.

Assistant Director

Margaret Montgomery

Margaret worked at Case Western Reserve University for over a period of thirty-two years. She resigned to focus and care for her two adopted children who were both mentally challenged. She highlights raising her two sons as one of the most purposeful and fulfilling time periods in her life. Now that her children have grown up, Margaret enjoys other fulfilling avenues such as event planning, with a specialty in wedding planning, consulting, and directing.

Committee Board Member