The Friends R Family Foundation is a registered 501c3 charitable organization.


  • Mental illness is a medical condition, and not a sign of weakness or a flawed character.
  • Mental illness can happen at any age, but often occurs in children, adolescents and senior citizens.
  • The stigma of mental illness can keep many people from seeking treatment.
  • Untreated mental illness results in unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse, inappropriate incarceration, divorce and school drop-outs.
  • Early identification makes a significant difference in full recovery.
  • Recovery is possible

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The Friends R Family Foundation will provide mental health education and awareness in Maryland and throughout the east coast. FRF will work with government agencies and health care providers  to improve policies,  procedures and overall care.

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Meet Our Team

Friends r Family Core values

  • We are committed to making a difference in our community through continued education and action
  • We will be the personal face of Mental Health removing the clinical and negative stereotype
  • We will not allow friends to suffer in silence – tearing down the STIGMA
  • We are driven to provide maximum awareness for Mental Health
  • We will enhance education and survival guide information for all family members
  • We will make an impact on local and state laws effecting mental health

The foundation can use energetic and passionate people dedicated to making the lives of others better.  If you have experienced mental health issues in your family and would like to join a committee please contact

Our Mission


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Who have you checked on today? Parent, Sibling, Grandparent, Aunt, Uncle, Friend.....

Mental Illness affects 1 in 5 people directly and the other 4 know someone impacted.  We all need to take an active role in our mental health and stop the negative stigma.  With a proactive approach of treatment, counseling and recovery everyone can live happy, successful lives.


FrF Board
Jamie Filiaggi

Troy Conklin
     Vice President
Kathy Walsh
     Treasurer \ Secretary

FRF Committees
5K Run \ Walk
     Diane Cowie

The Friends R Family Danyelle Filiaggi Memorial 5k/Family Walk will be Sunday April 9, 2017.  Who will you be running to support?

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Dedicated to spreading mental health awareness at the local, state and national level.

Friends R Family Foundation