No Shame On U Founder and President, Miriam Ament, has a B.A. in American History from Barnard College, Columbia University and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She was also a recipient of the JCC PresenTense Chicago 2014 Fellowship. In addition, Miriam is certified in Mental Health First Aid. Over a decade ago, Miriam battled a major depression and encountered stigma and isolation from many friends and family members who didn't have the emotional tools and practical knowledge base to deal with the illness. Miriam is dedicated to utilizing her life experiences in order to change the mental health conversation and end the stigma. Her aim is for the people who need help, to seek it, for family members and friends to know how to provide proper support, and for lives to be saved. She lives in Chicago with her husband, musician David Forman.