Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bring Change to Mind

I recently discovered an amazing campaign created to end the stigma associated with mental illness. I know many of you reading may be thinking... oh this is so yesterday’s news, but for those like me, that are new to this online world, I just had to share it.

The campaign is called, Bring Change 2 Mind. The PSA above was directed by Ron Howard, which you may remember from Happy Days. He’s also the executive producer of one of my favorite tv shows Parenthood. What’s also cool about this PSA is that actress Glen Close appears with her sister Jessie, who has bipolar disorder. All of the other individuals highlighted are real people living with a mental illness. The purpose of this campaign is to show the world that those suffering from mental illness are everywhere, they’re our spouses, our children, our friends, they’re an important part of society and they shouldn’t feel like they should hide their illness. In fact, hiding their illness just gives it more power, bringing them more pain. It’s time we change our view of mental illness, it’s a disease like all others, it’s time to let go of the stigma and bring change to mind.

Please visit this website, I was touched by many of the real life stories that are presented there. I found the interview with Glen Close and her sister to be very touching, as well as, the many other stories there. As for the PSA, I thought it was beautifully done, this is definitely worth checking out!

In an effort to do my part in helping to end the stigma of mental illness, I wanted to post the Fact or Fiction list found on the website under:

FICTION: People with a mental illness are often violent.

FACT: Actually, the vast majority of people with mental health conditions are no more violent than anyone else. People with mental illness are much more likely to be the victims of crime.

FICTION: Mental illness is a sign of weakness.

FACT: A mental illness is not caused by personal weakness—nor can it be cured by positive thinking or willpower - proper treatment is needed.

FICTION: Only military personnel who have been in combat can suffer from PTSD.

FACT: While PTSD is prevalent in men and women who have seen combat, experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event can trigger PTSD, including violent personal assaults such as rape or robbery, natural or human-caused disasters, or accidents.

FICTION: People with a mental illness will never get better.

FACT: For some people, a mental illness may be a lifelong condition, like diabetes. But as with diabetes, proper treatment enables many people with a mental illness to lead fulfilling and productive lives.

FICTION: Children don’t suffer from mental illness.

FACT: Millions of children are affected by depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. As a matter of fact, 1 in 10 children suffer from a diagnosable mental illness. Getting treatment is essential.

FICTION: “Mental illness can’t affect me!”

FACT: Mental illness can affect anyone. While some illnesses have a genetic risk, mental illness can affect people of all ages, races and income levels, whether or not there is a family history.


  1. Wonderful link and organization! Thank you for sharing.

  2. bring mind 2 change..thats one nice and suitable name perhaps the best someone can come up with..thanks for sharing