Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. Let us tell you a little bit about ourselves.

Our mission is simple.

Creating a CHANGE in our world by making mental health readily available in times of crisis and need.

Inspire Change for Mental Health is a 501C3 non-profit group that was built to expand the support of Inspire Counseling Center.

Inspire Counseling Center was founded humbly by a native local mom, Lauren Schifferdecker. Today, Inspire is a multi-location practice with nearly 40 therapists and social workers supporting kids, adolescents, adults, parents, couples and families.

Inspire Counseling Center was founded on the belief that mental health should be affordable— all while providing world-class service with the top professionals in beautiful offices conveniently located in the heart of the community. As part of that effort, Inspire accepts several insurances to help make services affordable.

However during times of crisis, like the Highland Park shooting, they wanted to do more to help the community. While many Inspire Counseling therapists volunteered, accepted pro-bono clients, offered free support groups and wrote articles–they were limited to what they can do, while keeping the practice open.

Serendipitously, Jen Eisen, a fellow local North Shore mom and owner of House 406 restaurant, reached out to Lauren and offered to host a fundraiser to help Inspire Counseling Center offer services for the Highland Park victims and community.

It was in that moment that

Inspire Change for Mental Health was born.

With the generous support of Jen, the celebrity chefs Stephanie Izard, Joe Flamm and Eryn Cisneros along with the entire community, Inspire will be able to help the community in times of crisis, regardless of their insurance or ability to pay for services — in Inspire’s multiple locations across the North Shore.

While there are many amazing local nonprofit or public aid centers, Inspire Change for Mental Health hopes to help relieve some of the overwhelming need for mental health care and avoid putting people on waitlists for service.

When someone reaches out for counseling support, every minute counts. Imagine going to the Emergency Room with an injury and waiting months, if not longer, for care.

Mental health is as important as physical health–it’s just not as visible.

All proceeds will be put 100% toward Inspire’s ability to support people in crisis, or people in need of counseling services, but unable to pay for services.

Any investment in people’s mental health is an investment in the future–making the world a better place to live, not only for ourselves but the future generations to come.

Inspire is unbelievably grateful for any dollar raised to help make the world a better place.

For more information or to make a donation


(847) 919-9096 x1