These stories are not unique. They are not anomalies. These are the voices of those who live with mental illness. As service providers, it is critical that we not only provide compassionate, non-judgmental care to those we serve, but to also help lift their voices in our own communities. By reducing the stigma that follows mental illness, we will help improve the quality of the lives of the people we work with every day. Make it a point to have conversations with friends and family about what you do and who you serve. It is only through these conversations that we can bring understanding and reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with having a mental illness.
– Mechelle Dhondt, CEO