Welcome and thank you for your interest in Encouragemint. Encouragemint is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that provides emotional support through educational information about diagnosable mental health conditions as well as non-diagnosable emotional issues. We also offer a list of resources should you be interested in additional information or need some help with a particular issue. Thirdly, we also provide positive news stories and a few articles on the field of mental health.
501(c)(3) Nonprofit Status
Our formal name is Encouragemint, Inc. and we are a nonprofit and charitable organization that is federally recognized in the United States as a public charity with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).
To that end, Encouragemint is organized and operated exclusively for purposes that fall within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the IRC, and will continue to operate under the corresponding section of any future federal tax code. Such purposes include those that are charitable, educational, and/or aimed at preventing cruelty to children and/or animals, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under
section 501(c)(3) of the IRC, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in the paragraph above. This corporation shall not, except to an insubstantial degree, engage in any activities or exercise any powers that are not in furtherance of the purposes of this corporation.
Encouragemint, Inc. is also organized and incorporated in the State of New Jersey as a nonprofit entity and charitable organization under Title 15A of the Revised Statutes of
New Jersey. Additionally, Encouragemint is not operated or designed to make a profit, it is not organized with capital stock, and it is not conducted for the pecuniary profit or benefit of any private shareholder or individual. In fact, as a non-member corporation we have no shareholders.
In short what all of this means is that we are committed to serving the public first and foremost and not on making a profit. We are also working with all federal and state departments and abiding by their regulations and requirements that pertain to nonprofit organizations and are designed to protect the public from unscrupulous business practices.
About the Conditions and Issues Posted on Encouragemint
Encouragemint has a series of articles on various emotional health topics. For the sake of distinction, on this site we distinguish formal diagnosable mental health conditions from non-diagnosable, yet still emotionally significant emotional issues. This distinction can be seen throughout the website. A full list of conditions and issues can be seen by clicking here.
All information on this website has been professionally prepared, but also intentionally written in a manner that is not overly technical. The terms used here are usually, but not always the formal and proper terminology or diagnoses that would be used between professionals. This is done so as to be informative and more easily understood by people who are not in the field of mental health. At the same time all reasonable efforts are taken to assure that the information presented here is as accurate as possible. We also provide a list of common definitions and abbreviations that you may find useful.
It’s important to point out that the information below is not designed to replace a proper clinical assessment performed by a qualified professional. The descriptions on this website are designed simply to be informative and descriptive to the layperson. They are not intended nor should they be used to self-diagnose.
Additionally, these descriptions are not designed to be technically proper and precise in every sense. In other words, the language and criteria used here may not be precisely the same that a professional would use. While we strive for accuracy, our primary goal is for this information to be understandable to the non-professional who may be personally dealing with or caring for someone dealing with a particular issue.
Technically speaking... The descriptions here are based on the DSM. While clinical descriptions are not intended to be overly technical, they do attempt to be accurate and consistent with the DSM standards. Any changes made are superficial and done so for the sake of ease of comprehension. For example we might use the term "Amnesia” instead of "Dissociative Amnesia" or the previously used diagnosis of “Amnestic Disorder”.
Additionally, descriptions are not exhaustive of all potential symptoms and do not typically contain information about the number of criteria necessary or the duration of time which symptoms must be present in order to make a formal diagnosis, as it is again our objective to provide information to the layperson and not to assist in making a diagnosis. Please also see our Terms & Conditions particularly as they relate to clinical information made available through this website.
About the name Encouragemint
Prior to changing our name to Encouragemint, we were originally known as Inspirmint. Inspirmint was meant to be a combination of the words inspiration and mint. The idea was to emphasize our desire to inspire people to be their best and to live fuller lives. A secondary definition of the word mint is something new or in the best possible condition. Think for instance of a mint condition baseball card. So we combined the two words as a way of saying we want to inspire you to be your best.
Despite our intentions the word was not well received and many people questioned how it was supposed to be pronounced. We began searching for a new name when we came upon the word Encouragemint. The new name went over well. People liked its simplicity, the accurate way that it describes our purpose, and the fact that it's much easier to pronounce. Now when you combine the two words encourage and mint we might say that instead of inspiring, we are encouraging you to be your best. Hopefully you prefer the new name as well.
Inspirmint officially became Encouragemint on October 3, 2012. On the left is our original logo. To the right is our current logo.