facts about mental health
one in four adults
experiences mental illness
in a given year.
americans live with a serious
mental illness such as
schizophrenia, major depression,
or bipolar disorder.
women can expect to
develop clinical depressions
during her lifetime.
the power of one percent
smile for the camera
“if you have ever smiled before, there is no reason to believe that you won’t smile again.” visit our inaugural grant recipient, bring change 2 mind’s website to read and share adrienne's beautiful story reflecting upon her life with depression.
can people change?
“far more difficult have been the times when depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder locked in and literally enveloped the person i have known so entirely and absolutely. there were days, weeks, even years during which i found myself completely unable to comprehend what had caused such a profound transformation.”
nanci’s oldest and youngest daughters were diagnosed with mood disorders at ages 9 and 10 respectively. she hopes that by sharing her story, it can make someone else’s journey a little bit easier. visit bring change 2 mind’s website for more.
“no – i’m not my diagnosis. i’m kate, and i’m living a life i never dreamed possible. and that’s why i’m writing, saying my full name and joining the conversation. i appreciate this opportunity to share. it’s given me a safe space to think freely.” visit bring change 2 mind’s website to read and share kate’s story about understanding stigma and opening up about her diagnosis.
“people whom you normally wouldn’t think to speak to can actually be going through very similar circumstances. saying hello to someone can change his or her day dramatically...
it does mine.”
visit bring change 2 mind’s website to read more about lauren’s story on the comfort of realizing she is not "weak" or "alone" because she has to take medication to manage her mental illness.
dr. belisa vranich
advisory board member, hope & grace initiative
a renowned clinical psychologist, author, and public speaker
my personal mission – and that of the hope & grace initiative – is to lessen the stigma around mental health. every chance i get, i remind people that mental health includes serious illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but also, for instance, anxiety disorders are very common (the most common of all mental health problems, 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders). anxiety disorders are panic attacks or ocd but also include, the post-traumatic stress disorder you might suffer from after a motor vehicle accident, assault, war or natural disaster, phobia of elevators or flying that keep you from your family and career change, the intense worry characterized by generalized anxiety that keeps you up at night listening to chatter in your head about things that could go wrong. what is clear is that, collectively, mental health problems are more widespread that we’ve even understood or admitted.
what can you do?
- very deliberately put emotional wellbeing/mental health on your list of to do’s (i’m sure it’s on there, needs to be closer to the top).
- listen to your soul/mind the way you listen to your body when it’s hurt. it may not complain as loudly, so listen...carefully.
- there is a lot still to learn about mental health and treatment. and if you, or someone you know is searching for a solution, know that there is hope. and where there is hope, there is grace.
- do some research of your own on reputable websites. most sites have 1-800 numbers as well. often, there are support groups for “friends of” where you can get great first- hand information.
- don’t start treating your friend as if they were fragile or different. have a conversation about how you can be helpful and what they find most supportive.