About Peace of Mind
The Peace of Mind Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to help improve the quality of life of OCD sufferers and caregivers through education, research, support, and advocacy. Founded by the Linda and Jim McIngvale family at the request of their daughter Elizabeth. The Foundation created and fully subsidizes the OCD Challenge, a free online self-help website for individuals suffering from OCD.
Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale’s clinical interest focus on OCD, anxiety disorders, mental health stigma and access to mental health care. Dr. McIngvale maintains an active clinical, research and leadership role as the co-director of the Houston OCD Program. She is the founder of the Peace of Mind Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to OCD. Dr. McIngvale operates ocdchallenge.org, a free self-help website for OCD which is live in 6 languages and serves nearly 4,000 individuals. She was the first ever national spokesperson for the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation where she now serves on their board of directors. She received her bachelors and master’s degrees in social work from Loyola University Chicago, her Ph.D. in social work at the University of Houston and is currently pursuing her MBA from Kellogg’s School of Business Management at Northwestern University. Dr. McIngvale engages in advocacy, clinical work, research and teaching related to OCD and anxiety disorders. She is a renowned speaker on both the local and national level speaking on behalf of OCD, mental illness and mental health stigma. Dr. McIngvale has received numerous awards for her advocacy and impact on the mental health field and currently serves as a director on 5 boards. She is internationally known and recognized for her clinical work and advancements in the OCD field. Dr. McIngvale is dedicated to giving a voice to the voiceless and is grateful for a career which allows her to improve the lives of those living with a mental illness everyday.
Peace of Mind Foundation Accomplishments
- 2019 – Launched an Online GOAL Support Group, free to anyone
- 2018 – Current – Host educational webinars to reach more professional and individuals suffering for OCD and related disorders internationally
- 2018 – Sponsored an OCD Training Program to Karachi, Pakistan
- 2017 – Launched “Live with Liz” twice a month for individuals to ask Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale questions about OCD and related topics
- 2017-Current – Provide OCD workbooks to those living in areas with little or no access to care
- 2005-Current- The Peace of Mind Foundation offers OCD training to professionals, resources to family members and advocacy across the nation on OCD/mental illness.
- 2006 – 2009 – Provides nearly one million dollars in treatment scholarship subsidies to OCD sufferers.
- 2006 – Current – Provides sponsorships for OCD sufferers and caregivers to attend the annual conferences held by the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (IOCDF).
- 2006 – Underwrites the annual conference of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation in Houston, Texas.
- 2006 – 2009 – Founded and ran the Houston OCD Support Group – was one of the largest OCD support groups in the country, this group is still running.
- 2011 – Launched a self-help website for OCD sufferers, the OCD Challenge. This website is 100% subsidized by the Peace of Mind Foundation and is free to all users.
- 2015 – Translating the OCD Challenge to Norwegian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, French, German and Mandarin in order to better serve all those living with OCD.
Peace of Mind Foundation Planned Initiatives
- Help close the treatment gap by offering OCD education and trainings to clinicians, professionals, students and peer advocates.
- Advocate through speeches and presentations in order to stamp out the stigma associated with mental illness and to create awareness for OCD and mental illness.
- Creation and promotion of the Elizabeth McIngvale Seminar Series to promote education, awareness and advocacy of OCD and mental illness worldwide.
- Creation and promotion of mental health advocacy seminar series led by Jim McIngvale and Elizabeth McIngvale as they share their families story of mental illness and advocate for all those suffering in silence.