Communication Can Cure

We’re opening our mouths, ears and hearts to improve behavioral health.


Why do we believe The Shipyard has a role to play in behavioral health? We’re not healthcare experts, we’re communicators. We’re in the business of motivating. Of entertaining. Of inspiring.

That means we’re also in the business of listening.

And we hear a society that’s hurting. Substance abuse. Depression. Suicide. You don’t have to look very far to feel them personally through family, friends and colleagues.

We know depression, substance abuse, anxiety and suicidal thoughts are treatable medical illnesses. But they suffer from a treacherous stigma that prevents us from talking about them. This is particularly tragic when you consider behavioral illnesses are unique in that they can be treated – even cured — not just by medicine, but by communications.

Honesty, courage and empathy can be the antidotes to sadness, anxiety and aloneness.

They also happen to be tenets of excellent communications. And so we don’t just have an interest in behavioral health, we have a purpose. To apply our talents and expertise to inspire new mindsets, break stigmas and communicate critical, life-saving information.

Can communication cure? We believe it can.

Voices Of Resiliance

Grab your headphones and join the conversation as we strive to break mental health stigmas. Influential voices and top thought leaders share personal stories navigating stress, trauma and adversity, reminding us that we are not alone. Resilience is within our grasp.

Hosted by The Shipyard’s Founder & CEO Rick Milenthal, each Voices of Resilience episode features insights from important practitioners, researchers and advocates in mental health. To learn more, visit us at

WonderBus Music & Arts Festival

The Shipyard’s involvement in the WonderBus Music & Arts Festival goes beyond our love of live music, community culture and the City of Columbus. It is one of the many tangible ways our agency is doing all it can to help improve behavioral health.

Live music creates community, and we’ll use those two powerful influences at WonderBus to start new dialogue around depression and suicide, breaking down the stigma of these misunderstood illnesses. We’ll do it with the expertise of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health.

In addition to the agency’s pro-bono support of the event, CAS and WonderBus organizers have guaranteed a share of revenue to help the medical center's programs for fighting depression and suicide prevention.

For a complete artist list for the two-day festival, visit

Working Directly with Clinical Experts and Families

Our partnership with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry aims to improve the family experience and success of treating behavioral illnesses.

We have committed marketing expertise and resources to developing a new project that empowers the families of patients admitted for suicidality to Ohio State Harding Hospital with essential information to reduce the incidence of suicide after discharge and to facilitate safe re-entry into daily living activities.

Helping On Our Sleeves™ Reach the Country

We’re proud to work with and support the On Our Sleeves™ pediatric behavioral health initiative with Nationwide Children’s Hospital.