What If People Treated Physical Illness Like Mental Illness?

It's no secret there's a serious stigma attached to mental illness. According to the CDC, only 25 percent of people with mental health issues feel that other people are compassionate and sympathetic toward them. It's a shameful statistic when one in four people have been touched by some form of mental illness. Experts say that part of the problem when it comes to criticizing someone's mental health is a lack of empathy and knowledge about the ailments. Yet, despite the staggering evidence and rhetoric aimed at helping people understand, many people  still don't get that being diagnosed with a mental illness isn't something that's in their control -- just like having the flu, or food poisoning, or cancer isn't in their control. In an effort to reframe the conversation, artist Robot Hugs created a comic that displays what it would be like if we discussed physical illnesses in the same way we do mental illnesses. 
Champions Fighting the Stigma attached to Mental Illness: 
Kevin Berthia
"Depression is part of me, not who I am." 

A grateful suicide prevention advocate, Kevin encourages people to talk through their problems rather than think about ending their lives.  

MG Mark Graham & Carol Graham
"We didn't realize someone could die from being too sad"

The Grahams lost two sons to different battles and since have become suicide prevention champions, changing the stigmatization of mental health in the military.  

Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren 
"Untreated Mental Illness is a matter of Life and Death"

A mental health advocate and voice for justice,  Judge Lerner-Wren has a long track record of pioneering innovation in human rights for persons with mental illness.

Dr. Dan Reidenberg
"There is hope and there is help available. Treatments programs work and are very effective" 

As the Executive Director of SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), Dr. Reidenberg is a mental health and suicide prevention expert. SAVE is based on the belief that suicide should no longer be considered a taboo topic and that through raising awareness, we can SAVE lives. 

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