A series of PSAs have been released showing real people with real illnesses.
One out of six adults and almost one out of ten children in this country have been diagnosed with a mental illness.
It's one of the last dirty little secrets in families. It's time to come out of the darkness, and show that peopl
The Web site bringchange2mind.org launched to help end the stigma. From their site, you can navigate to the following sections:
Share Your Story - only by showing that mental illness can be managed, and that a fulfilling life is possible, can the stigma be removed. You can register at the site and upload a video about your experience with mental illness.
Learn the Facts - Mental illness is a disorder of the brain. It is not a sign of weakness, it is not the fault of the patient. It is caused by genetic, biological, environmental, or social/cultural factors. You can view a list of symptoms for each particular illness they have featured (depression, PTSD, bipolar, schizophrenia).
Be Involved - Share this site with ot
Now, my own disclosure...
I've written quite a lot about The Boy's adventures with bipolar illness. But I've left out half of the story. I have had my own struggles with depression over the past decades. I was finally diagnosed in 1981, and have been treated off and on over the years.
I am not in treatment now, as I have no health insurance. I think I'm doing pretty well right now, despite some struggles we are having here at home. But if I get to the point where I feel I need medication and therapy to cope, I will not hesitate to get the help I need to be a functional m
You can view one of the PSAs here.