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.