Stop the Silence
Mental illnesses are as common as silver cars, as people with brown eyes and more common than being left-handed. Despite being one of the most common illnesses, there is still a stigma attached to mental illnesses and many people struggle with talking about them.
Mental health is just as important as our physical health, which is why we are part of a local effort to stop the silence and the stigma. The effort is part of a campaign called "Make It OK," and is designed to encourage people to talk more openly about mental illnesses and ask for help.
It's OK to have a mental illness – many of us do
One in four Americans from every walk of life experience a mental illness. Most people live with the symptoms of a mental illness for ten years before seeking treatment, largely due to the stigma. The sooner people get treatment, the greater their chances of recovery.
It's OK because it is a medical condition – not a character flaw
Mental illnesses are biological conditions that can be treated, just like cancer and diabetes. They cannot be overcome through "will power" and are not related to a person's character or intelligence.
It's OK because it's treatable – life can get better
The best treatments for serious mental illnesses today are highly effective. In fact, between 70 – 90 percent of peoples' symptoms are reduced and feel better when following individualized treatment plans.