“Bring Change 2 Mind is a national anti-stigma campaign founded by Glenn Close, The Balanced Mind Foundation, Fountain House, and Garen & Shari Staglin of the International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO), aimed at removing misconceptions about mental illness. The fear of stigma can have a devastating effect on those living with mental illness. Change happens one person at a time. If you are living with a mental illness, know someone who is, or just want to help, take our pledge to help end stigma.
One of the best ways you can help someone with mental illness is by understanding what it is — and what it isn’t. After all, myths about mental illnesses contribute to stigma, which in turn prevents those who are living with one from seeking help.
The fact is, a mental illness is a disorder of the brain — your body’s most important organ — and 1 in 6 adults lives with a brain-related illness including depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and schizophrenia.
Like most diseases of the body, mental illness has many causes — from genetics to other biological, environmental andsocial/cultural factors. And just as with most diseases, mental illnesses are no one’s fault. The unusual behaviors associated with some illnesses are symptoms of the disease — not the cause.
But most importantly, mental illnesses are treatable through medication and psychosocial therapies — allowing those who live with them the opportunity to lead full and productive lives.”
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