Brought to Reality is an organization founded by Nick Bales that strives to erase the stigma of mental health. BTR was created in 2016 when Bales was a sophomore in high school and was experiencing anxiety and depression. He found that running the business helped him to “be creative, keep busy, and stay grounded in reality.”

His primary goal was to encourage compassion among his peers and spread awareness about mental health as a whole.

Unfortunately, Nick lost his battle against mental illness on September 29, 2018. Today, BTR is run by the Bales family in hopes to continue Nick’s efforts.

The Liv Project is a proud collaborative partner with BTR and we hope you’ll take some time to view their website and resources.


If you or someone you know is struggling, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255 or text Crisis Text Line by texting “LIV” to 741-741.

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