Mission statement

RealizeHope

Our Story

To bring hope and inspiration to people who are affected by mental illness and addiction, and to let them know they are not alone. To humanize these illnesses and replace fear with understanding. Our primary focus is advocating for mental health and addiction recovery through live-presentation and media.

We are guided by the Greek principle of philotimo--a word that has great meaning but is difficult to define. Philotimo is considered to be the highest of all Greek virtues; the core concept is that of respect and walking in right paths. It can mean honor, kindness, and altruistic deeds for one's fellow human. It is this call to humanity that guides our work.​ To learn more about what philotimo means, watch this video.

​We believe stigma is just a softer word for discrimination. Love and compassion leave no room for stigma to exist. Our world needs hope, and we're here to help bring it.

​​​​​​The Wysocki Family


Kevin Wysocki and Jason DeShaw met in hot water--literally. At a hot springs in western Montana, the two met and forged a common bond. Kevin and an inspired group of individuals founded Realize Hope to promote the importance of the human connection and empower others to shine.