Many Americans are diagnosed with depression and schizophrenia; five percent have serious conditions that interfere with their day-to-day lives. But only 60 percent seek treatment in any given year, meaning millions remain undiagnosed. Topics like depression can be taboo, and sometimes cause individuals to avoid asking for help. Results for suppressing mental illnesses are severe; over 90 percent of people who commit suicide have an identifiable disorder.
By creating a more open and hospitable environment for discussing mental illness, millions of Americans can have the courage to improve their lives.
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I support Bring Change 2 Mind and pledge to stand against the stigmas associated with mental illness. Some actions I can take include:
If I live with a disorder, I will: