Turning tragedy into hope
Gia Allemand Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization advocating for the prevention, treatment, and research of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and premenstrual exacerbation of underlying disorders (PME). Our goal is to provide women, trans-men, and non-binary assigned female at birth (AFAB) communities with the education, support, resources, and tools necessary to live healthy lives, reduce interpersonal conflict, and eliminate self-harm.
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, Gia Allemand Foundation INC 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.
Gia Allemand Foundation believes in the fundamental right for women to receive accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and social support for mental health and reproductive illness.
- Reduce the stigma and raise awareness of women’s mental health issues including reproductive mood disorders, suicidality, and depression.
- Provide educational opportunities for women unable to obtain primary and mental health care services due to geographical location or financial means.
- Provide global crisis intervention and peer support services for women at no-cost regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identification, political affiliation, or socioeconomic status.
- Provide women with a path to recovery following a diagnosis of mental illness, reproductive mood disorder, suicidal ideation or attempted suicide.