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Take the Bring Change 2 Mind Pledge

The fear of stigma and discrimination 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. Read the full pledge.

I pledge to follow the Bring Change 2 Mind principles:

For people living with mental illness:

  • I am living with a mental illness that is treatable and manageable.
  • I am a valuable and valued person and I deserve to be treated with respect.
  • I am responsible for the decisions and choices I make in my life.
  • Educating myself about the symptoms of my illness, and any side effects I may have from treatment, will help me find and use the resources I need to work toward stability.
  • Communicating about my experiences with others will help them support me in difficult times and keep me "on track."
  • If I am feeling suicidal, it is critical that I reach out for help, for in the face of real pain and suffering, it is others who can help me with a commitment to live.
  • I can reduce stigma and discrimination in myself and in others by being open about living with mental illness, naming it out loud and raising people's awareness.

For everyone:

  • It is likely that someone I know is living with a mental illness and that fear of stigma or discrimination may be preventing them from accepting their illness and seeking help.
  • I can make a difference by learning about mental health issues and the devastating effects of stigma and discrimination.
  • If someone I know exhibits sudden changes in behavior, I will pay attention and reach out to them.
  • If someone I know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, I will take it seriously and make every effort to ensure they get help.
  • I will not perpetuate or tolerate stigma or discrimination of any kind and will commit myself to changing the way society views people living with mental illness.
Heartfelt Thank You to our BC2M Community!

Heartfelt Thank You to our BC2M Community!

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PSA2 “Schizo” is here!

PSA2 “Schizo” is here!

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Bring Change 2 Mind is brought to light in The Huffington Post and NBC’s EXTRA!

Bring Change 2 Mind is brought to light in The Huffington Post and NBC’s EXTRA!

Jessie & Glenn Close’s Story

Jessie & Glenn Close’s Story

Learn how bipolar disorder impacts Jessie Close and her sister Glenn.

Watch the Bring Change 2 Mind PSA

Watch the Bring Change 2 Mind PSA

Change a mind about mental illness and you can change a life.

Take Action

simple steps that will change minds

Walks

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Over the past several years BC2M partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness in their annual walks around the country. We had 102 amazing teams and over 2,000 walkers! Our partnership with NAMI allowed us to equally share the funds raised by each of our teams.  Our BC2M walkers raised awareness and funds to help us stomp out stigma. While we will continue to work with NAMI, it is with regret that we announce that we will not be partnering with NAMI for the 2014 Walks. It was not a decision made lightly nor does it reflect negatively on the collaborative relationship we share with NAMI. We encourage our community to get out and walk in support of NAMI in each city hosting a walk this year. We would like to publically say “Thank You” to all our captains, walkers and their donors. Each represented BC2M with great heart and every walker brought us closer to realizing our mission to eliminate stigma and discrimination…..one step at a time!

Blog and News

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Blog: Mutant and Proud by Henry Boy Jenkins

We are on the receiving end of the misconceptions and the bullying, not only from without, but from within. To reverse this, it is imperative that we speak up, not act out. First, we need to understand who we are and what our disorders mean to the quality of our lives. The next step is to address the misconceptions responsible for public prejudice. This begins with education, not hearsay. Caricatures of the mentally ill are the shorthand of the weak. read more

Blog: My Journey Continues by Keith Anderson

For years I had depression. There was a time when leaving the house for just one hour was celebrated. Then, after much support, and what I can call a full recovery, I was in a good place. I had made some new friends - some through BC2M. I was happy, I could truly laugh and I enjoyed life! For What more could I ask? read more

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Stories

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Heide’s Story

I was diagnosed with Bipolar Type 1 last fall after years of struggling in silence. It wasn’t until January that I finally accepted my diagnosis while getting treatment in a two week program at a Swedish Medical Center. read more

Joshua’s Story

I have been living with chronic depression and anxiety disorder for the past 5 years. I remember before I ever dealt with this myself, I did not understand others dealing with these same things. I tended to stereotype people as just crazy, or not strong. I firmly believed that they were not strong enough to deal with problems in everyday life and that they just needed to suck it up and get over it. read more

Facts

myths fuel stigma educate yourself

1 in 10 Children

Millions of children are affected by depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses.

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