Mission Statement and General History
The mission of Nuçi’s Space is to prevent suicide by providing obstacle-free treatment for musicians suffering from depression and other such disorders, as well as to assist in the emotional, physical and professional well-being of musicians. To accomplish this mission, Nuçi’s Space actively participates in treatment, educates to destigmatize mental illness and advocates for sufferers.
In 1999, the Phillips family of Atlanta formed the Nuçi Phillips Memorial Foundation in memory of their 22-year-old son and brother Nuçi, who in 1996 killed himself after a long battle with major depression. Nuçi was a talented musician and a promising student at the University of Georgia in Athens. Having lived the course of Nuçi’s illness with him, the family recognized the need for obstacle free, user-friendly ways of treating and supporting those who suffer from depression and other such disorders. With a focus on Nuçi’s fellow musicians, the nonprofit Foundation created Nuçi’s Space.
It is a support/resource center dedicated to promoting the emotional, physical and occupational well-being of the music community. With a staff of musicians, under the guidance of founder Linda Phillips, the center provides a stable caring environment. For many, such an environment is all that is required to impart a sense of worth and value. For others additional help is needed. They are referred to a group of off-site, licensed professional therapists who work closely with Nuçi’s Space to deliver affordable treatment. Since most musicians who use Nuçi’s Space have no health insurance, they are asked to pay a nominal fee and Nuçi’s Space pays the balance. In addition, a physician volunteers his services twice a month to see uninsured musicians with minor ailments. Working with an audiologist and an optometrist, the Space assists musicians in attaining professional grade earplugs and eyeglasses for a very low cost. To address occupational needs, the Space provides four soundproof practice rooms, a performance area, a library and a coffee bar. Musicians as well as a variety of artists perform to benefit the Space. Career and health workshops are conducted along with other topics of interest. A Survivors of Suicide Support Group for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide meets monthly (among other support groups).
Nuçi’s Space is unique because of its pragmatic approach, its simplicity and its effectiveness. All who pass through are valued and respected for their own individual creativity. The physical benefits of the building itself are never separated from the emotional benefits. In fact, they compliment each other. The supportive, accepting environment is key to the well-being of those who use the Space. Since opening its doors in September 2000, Nuçi’s Space has helped hundreds of musicians, artists and just “plain people” to receive professional counseling. For every person helped, countless others benefit, including family, friends and community.
Nuçi’s Space encourages appropriate treatment for Depression, Anxiety and other brain disorders and is committed to the fight against the stigma attached to such illnesses.