Understanding Mental Health

Mental illness does not discriminate: Nearly 20% of U.S. adults experience a mental illness each year, regardless of race, ethnicity or neighborhood. Mental health affects all neighborhoods. Providing accessible resources, effective self-help tools and professional services for all people requires acknowledging and understanding their different lived realities. 

Almost 1 in 5 adults in the USA will experience some form of mental health disorder every year, and 1 in every 22 is living with a serious mental illness, like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depressive episodes. Many live in silence. Like addiction or a physical illness, mental health disorders are treatable.

A lot of stigma and judgement exists around mental illness. BeeThe1ToHelpSomeone is running the race to raise awareness to #StingTheStigma in America's unique neighborhoods. Scholarships are offered for neighborhood based certified Mental Health First Aiders. Educational information and accessible resources to encourage self-help and to inspire hope in the journey to recovery are also offered.