The Gia Allemand Foundation for PMDD is a 501c3 nonprofit organization advocating for the prevention, treatment, and research of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Our mission is to provide women with the education, support, resources, and tools necessary to live healthy lives, reduce interpersonal conflict, and eliminate self-harm.

The Gia Allemand Foundation was founded in 2013 following the death by suicide of Gia Marie Allemand. Gia was known for appearing in Maxim and appearing on several reality shows including The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love, Bachelor Pad 1 and 2, The Ellen Degeneres show, Ghost Trek and more. To her loved ones, Gia was a daughter, a sister, a partner, and a best friend. 

On August 12, 2013, and after a long battle with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Gia was admitted to University Hospital in New Orleans after an attempted suicide by hanging. Two days later, surrounded by friends and family, Gia was removed from life support. She was 29 years old. Gia's family and friends sought to raise awareness of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and female suicidal ideation through a foundation in her name.

In 2017, The Gia Allemand Foundation merged with the National Association for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (NAPMDD). The now merged foundation focuses on women's education & outreach, women's health and mental health advocacy, suicide prevention, and PMS/PMDD research.

As many women with PMDD are misdiagnosed or delayed treatment, they present an increased risk for suicide and self-harm. The Gia Allemand Foundation seeks to close the gender gap in research and better the outcomes of women seeking help through education, funding research, and peer support.

In the News

"LaFleur, who co-founded the nonprofit Gia Allemand Foundation for PMDD in 2013, deemed the new study 'a blessing.'"
New Genetic Discovery Explains Why Some Women Suffer Extreme PMS
The Huffington Post - February 16, 2017
 
"The NAPMDD advocates having the illness reclassified as a neuroendocrine disorder so it may be treated as less a mental disorder and more a gynecological one."
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder difficult to diagnose
Las Vegas Review-Journal - January 6, 2017
 
"I think Viagra helped pave the way for the conversation about male sexuality and we haven’t had that with women. We haven’t talked about women’s health, period. Pun intended."
The Shocking Ramifications Of Saying “Vagina”
SWAAY - November 08, 2016
 
"Campaign partners aim to provoke a dialogue in which people move away from using disrespectful euphemisms to describe the female anatomy and use – both freely and without shame – the correct anatomical terminology, in this case - vagina. "
Women Leaders in Female Health & Wellness Spark Cultural Conversation About Vaginas With the Launch of "Legalize V"
The Business Journals - November 01, 2016
 
"We can’t actually educate women at all around women’s sexuality because it’s so taboo. It perpetuates an idea of shame—that we should be ashamed to talk about our bodies or learn about our bodies or talk to our doctors about our bodies."
7 Women Speak Up About Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid to Say 'Vagina'
Women's Health - November 01, 2016
 
"Eventually, LaFleur gained control of her PMDD and lives a normal life. Today, she’s head of the National Association for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, an advocacy and support group she founded for women with PMDD."
Is My PMS Normal?
U.S. News - February 05, 2015
 
"Anderson and Gia’s mother are speaking out in Allemand’s memory because suicide continues to be the second-leading cause of death among Americans ages 25 to 34. They have set up the Gia Allemand Foundation to help young women who are lost, have self-esteem and body issues and who may need an outlet instead of crying out in silence."
Gia Allemand’s Death Draws Light to Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
Health Bistro - November 19, 2014
 
"Ryan has ­become an advocate... The goal is to help people in situations similar to Gia’s: young women who endured bullying, who have body-image issues and low self-esteem, who feel lost."
Ryan Anderson tries to move forward after girlfriend Gia Allemand's suicide
Sports Illustrated - November 10, 2014
 
"To be able to make a difference like that is more important than any basketball stat ... Going through this has helped and saved people's lives and that … helps me today."
Rockets forward Ryan Anderson finds a place to heal in Houston
Houston Chronical - October 28, 2016
 
"People need to put a face to [suicide prevention and survival], and I’m okay being that face ... I’m not overjoyed that I have to talk about the most painful experience of my life, but either I become that face or I tuck [myself] away in a corner and I let this rule over me."
Gia Allemand's Former Boyfriend Ryan Anderson Opens Up About Her Death, Tragic New Details
US Weekly - November 13, 2014
 
"Nowhere else on earth would I find one location with so many dimensions of medical care for PMDD represented—and openly exchanging ideas, some of them rather heatedly. But to witness a public forum of medical professionals discussing the disorder I have suffered from for over forty years was a dream come true."
This Annual Conference is Helping Women With PMDD
FLURT Magazine - November 02, 2016
 
"PMS has been made into such a joke in our society that it minimizes something like this. To know you're not crazy. You're not alone. This is a biological genetic condition that you didn't do anything to get. You're not weak. You're not over emotional. There are other women like you out there. "
Mental Health Maze: Doctors say a severe case of PMS may actually be a mental disorder
WAAY31 - February 15, 2016
 
"... there was no other organization in the United States and Canada offering support and services to women with PMDD ... We needed a united front for physicians and even just our loved ones to take our suffering seriously."
Finally There’s Help for Women With PMDD
FLURT Magazine - October 29, 2016
"No rigorous studies have been done that show the long-term effectiveness of the antidepressants. In practice, the effectiveness seems to wear off after about six months."
For one condition, the drugs came before the disorder
USA Today - October 29, 2016
 

 

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Awards & Recognition

GuideStar Gold by GuideStar.org
 
2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonProfits.org
 

Our Team

Donna Micheletti
Co-Founder / President
 
 
 
Tony Micheletti
Co-Founder / Vice President
 
 
 
Amanda LaFleur
Co-Founder / Executive Director
 
 
 
Jack Anderson
Co-Founder / Advisory Board Chair
 
 
 
Andrea Chisholm MD, FACOG
Clinical Advisory Board Chair
 
 
 
Leslie Carol Botha WHE
Early Intervention Program Director
 
 
 
 
 

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Our goal is simple: give everyone the power to use the word vagina openly and honestly. We’re banding together to create a movement—the “Legalize Vagina” movement. The word Vagina is powerful, and so are you. But it’s going to take all of us to legalize “Vagina.”
 

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