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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.
Stigma Free Summer

Stigma Free Summer

BC2M wishes its community a #StigmaFreeSummer. Let's start conversations, reserve judgement, extend empathy and end stigma.

Heartfelt Thank You to our BC2M Community!

Heartfelt Thank You to our BC2M Community!

Click above image to view our Ending the Stigma Thank You Video

PSA2 “Schizo” is here!

PSA2 “Schizo” is here!

Watch it, share it and let's end stigma together.

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: Can People Change? By Nanci Schiman

No matter how frightening, fearful or painful the behaviors, driven by illness, hormones or environment, I firmly believe that they are just that – behaviors – and as such, they are temporary. Sure, they may be stubborn; we may hang onto them because they are self-serving, addictive, gratifying or enticing. But none of those can come close to touching the building blocks of our true selves. read more

Blog: Miracles by Adrienne Gurman

I enjoy sharing my stories to connect with others who might be struggling and hiding in the shadows with their mental illness. Writing is a form of therapy for me. It helps me to manage my anxiety when I’m overwhelmed and keep my priorities in check when depression has managed to seep through every pore and infect my brain. read more

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Stories

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Marla’s Story

I’m open about my diagnosis because I like to educate people on mental illness, and to prove that the vast majority of people with psychiatric disorders are pretty much like everyone else. After all, we have dreams, we work hard, we try to play by the rules, and we love our children the best way we can. We want the best for our families and friends, and we try very, very hard to fit in so that they don’t suffer embarrassment on our behalf. read more

Leah’s Story

I often cry myself to sleep. I know to most I just sound like a dumb whining teenager or something but the truth is that I am so, so scared. Scared of the future or the next year or month or minute or second and I am afraid I'm going crazy. I wake up. Look in the mirror. And I see me. I see it, every ounce of 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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