Together, we can change our community's perceptions so that people who need help are no longer afraid to get it
1 in 5 of us will suffer from some form of mental illness in our lifetime, yet it is an odd paradox that our society, which now speaks openly about almost everything, remains largely silent when it comes to mental illness. Either out of fear or lack of information, over 60% of those struggling with mental illness do not seek treatment, suffering alone or worse, self-medicating with drugs or alcohol to help them cope.
We believe this stigma is toxic, both in terms of needless suffering and the lost potential of human lives. We need only look to last year’s tragedy at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard–and others at Newton, Aurora, and Virginia Tech – to understand that we can remain silent no longer.
We know what to do when our loved ones have a heart attack or stroke, but few of us know what to do in a psychiatric crisis. The purpose of this app is to help you identify the signs of mental illness and direct you to the resources you need to help a friend or loved one who may be in crisis.