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Mission Statement

Our mission is to create a space for people to share their brokenness, encourage and equip the hurting, build community, and search for meaning.If you are struggling or care about someone who struggles with mental wellness, this group is here for you.

The Four Priorities

1. To End Suicide.
2. To compassionately steer anyone struggling with suicidal ideation toward hope and life through peer support and resources.
3. To comfort the challenged and challenge the comfortable.
4. To encourage and practice communication, cooperation, and collaboration among mental health organizations.

Dream Statements

We have a dream to end suicide.

We have a dream that those with and without a mental illness will be able to find support and encouragement from each other, understanding that we are not all that different.

We have a dream that barriers such as race, gender, religion, financial status, sexual orientation, height, weight and any other form or possibility of prejudice will be eradicated from receiving quality physical and mental health care worldwide.

We have a dream that strategic vulnerability will become a social norm.

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What is

Broken People?

Broken People is a group where people can go to know they belong. It's a space for people to share their brokenness, encourage the hurting, build community, and search for meaning. If you are struggling with mental wellness, this space is for you.

Why the name "Broken People?" 

"When I am at my lowest, when I am feeling the most depressed, the best way I have to describe how I feel is Broken. I created this group for people who may be searching for others who feel Broken just like me."


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Joseph Reid

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Welcome to Broken People!

In 2001 I was hospitalized for my depressions, diagnosed with Manic Depression, medicated...a lot, and then sent home after two weeks with a large medical bill. I was not a better person.

In 2013 I was hospitalized again for three weeks, received helpful guidance, a correct diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder and Trichotillomania, coping skills, some medication, and a whole lot of support. It was a night/day difference for me. I learned a ton of skills that helped me be a better me.

In 2018, I lost my best friend to suicide. We were each other's mental health support. I was alone. I felt so Broken! This event catapulted me forward to do something about my suffering. To use my story and the tools I've been given and adapted to my life to ease the suffering of others. 

I'm the founder of Broken People, author of Broken Like Me-An Insider's Toolkit for Mending Broken People, have a Bachelors's degree from Liberty University in Interdisciplinary Studies, and lead a support group with the nation's largest grassroots mental health movement NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). I look forward to serving you!


Founder / Executive Director

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Marva Couch

Director of Social Media

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     My name is Marva Couch. I live in Romulus Michigan although I was born and raised in Detroit. I am an ordained minister and a playwright. I went to school for business administration. I lived for years with crushing depression until one day I decided to get a therapist and deal with my issues. One of the areas of mental health that has a special place for me is self esteem. I believe that when we feel good about ourselves that’s one victory we have won. My motto is always keep a humble servants heart. 


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