Mental Health Awareness Month

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 1 in 4 American adults experience mental illness in a given year while 1 in 17 live with a chronic mental illness such as Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, or Major Depressive Disorder for years, and in some, most of their lives. Mental illness can mistakenly be thought to be a sign of weakness, a character deficit, or a sign of poor upbringing but can oftentimes be due to genetic and biological factors, among other things, which are out of the individuals’ control. These misconceptions can reinforce the stigma around mental illness, perpetuating inaccurate stereotypes and often discouraging those who need treatment the most from receiving it. By signing the petition below, you can pledge to fight the stigma around mental illness and become an advocate for millions of Americans who need your support!