11 videos dedicated to ending the stigma of mental illness. stories of hope and inspiration. proof of the power of sharing our stories.

A mental health crisis can affect anyone, at any time. And too often treatment is complicated by prejudices and stereotypes. In this video series, people from all walks of life share personal stories about how mental illness has affected their lives and why more awareness and openness is key to erasing the stigma.

If you or someone you know is in a crisis,

call the national Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

Ann Taylor

Crisis Line Volunteer Suicide Attempt Survivor
"I felt like I had done something dreadfully wrong and people would not approve...Just being able to voice that really helped in my recovery."

Melissa Rivers

Entertainer Lost Father to Suicide
"We all hurt. We all have stuff we're embarrassed by. You can't wish these things away. So why hide them?"

Curley Bonds

Medical Director Didi Hirsch Mental Health Service Sister Lives with Bipolar Disorder
"It's about staying connected as a family, and being able to talk about 'How are you doing?' Not just physically, but the whole you."

Elyn R. Saks

Lawyer/Professor/Advocate Lives with Schizophrenia
"Those stigmas and those prejudices and stereotypes make it harder for someone who's newly diagnosed to realize that there is life after diagnosis."

Eva LaRue

Actress Mother Lives with ADHD
"The more talk about it, the more awareness about it, the more patience about it, the more love we have around it, the quicker we erase the stigma."

Kita S. Curry, PhD

President & CEO Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services Lives with Depression
"Research shows that by knowing people, your whole attitude towards something changes. So, telling your story is the most powerful thing you can do."

Lisa Petrazzolo

Board Member/Entrepreneur Brother Lives with Bipolar Disorder
"Someone with depression or schizophrenia, that is simply a part of them. It's not the whole person."

Loeryna Darcus

Shift Leader Recovering from Substance Use Disorder
"My daughter tells me how happy I am. How different I am. And it's because I love me now."

Maya Forbes

Writer/Director Father Lived with Bipolar Disorder
"One reason that people have been scared to come out and admit it is because it's been hidden, so people don't realize how connected we all are around this issue."

Carlos Alvarez

Teacher Lives with Depression
"I look at depression like someone who's diabetic. I need to regulate my depression every day."

Shawn Amos

Musician Lost Mother to Suicide
"I hope we're at a point now where people realize this stuff is just something you live with."