Speaking Up Helps Break The Stigma of Mental Health.

Tell your story. Be part of the solution. Help others know that they are not alone.

You never know what people are going through

There is a mother and son that come into the shop I work in. The son has autism and the mother is the most patient and kind woman. Her son cannot handle baby cries or…

Understanding each other

I helped raise 3 daughters who each had some type of mental disorder. There was the youngest, Emily, who has mosaic down syndrome, Lisa who suffers from bi-polar, ODD, and…

Children need someone to step in

Growing up in an unhealthy mental environment was very challenging. My mother was always sick physically and mentally so no one else could be...but I was. I began hating…

My son is smart

My son is smart and very funny. From a young age, he has had problems focusing and always in trouble in school with hitting, compulsive talking, tantrums, difficulty…

It shouldn't be hidden

As an educator and school counselor, I have seen the stigma towards children's mental health in patients, teachers, and society. It is important that we bring awareness…

The Phone Call

I received a phone call, when my child was in first grade, that the class had to evacuate and that my daughter had injured other children and that was the first…

There is Hope

I had never heard of or thought about children's mental health until my daughter was about 3 years old. We realized she was not like other children and we were at a loss…

The good days are worth fighting for

We did not talk about mental illness when I was a child. My uncle had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and I had to hide in my grandma's bedroom when he came to…

Stigma kept me from knowing my aunt

I have an aunt whom I don't actually know, although I've seen her many times. She doesn't know me, either, despite meeting me before. When she was 16 years old, her…

You are in control

Well, what story is there for me to tell? There are people who just think that mental illnesses are jokes and won't do a thing about it. A better idea would be to teach…

I want to help

My first real experience with someone with mental illness wasn't personal or closely related, but when working with a young man that suffers from autism. I didn't know how…

Recovery is possible

When he came to our in-patient psychiatry program he was on nine different medications, including four antipsychotics, two ADHD medications, two medications for…

There is a light at the end of the tunnel

I am an adult, child of a parent with mental illness. I saw many episodes and violence as a child. We never spoke about it. My mother never got help. A lot of people hurt…

I was challenged

When I was in my undergrad, I worked with a family who has a son with autism. He was 7 at the time. I was hired to be his life coach and tutor. His severity wasn't…