One in four people will be affected by a mental illness at some point of their lives, and while there are effective treatments available, more than 50% of people living with a mental illness will not seek help because of stigma. A lack of understanding is preventing millions of people from leading full and successful lives.
Bring Change to Mind (BC2M) recognized the need to close the understanding gap, and has become the leading national voice working to demystify mental illness and normalize the conversation. Founded in 2010 by award-winning actress Glenn Close, the organization has successfully leveraged the power of celebrity and media to launch a national dialogue about mental health through Public Service Announcements (PSAs), and evidence-based, peer-to-peer high school and undergraduate programs.
Additionally, BC2M has created a social movement around change by providing people with platforms to share, connect, and learn about mental health. The mission of BC2M is to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. Our work is grounded in three pillars of support for the communities we serve, including: creating national advocacy and awareness campaigns, developing a national student-led high school club program, and building a storytelling movement that works to end the stigma in the United States.
We have currently reached more than 2 billion people through our advocacy efforts and served more than 8,000 students across the country.