The Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago (MHAGC) and Rebecca’s Dream (RD), two Illinois nonprofits have partnered to ask everyone to TAKE A STAND, NOW to:
We, in society MUST DEAL with this. Stop hiding the reality…Mental Health Equality, NOW!
RD was established in 2005 in celebration of the life of Rebecca Lynn Cutler, a journalist who succumbed to depression and bipolar disorder at age 30. Rebecca’s family and friends continue her personal mission to help others receive proper treatment and needed support. More than 14 million people live with depression in the United States. However, due to misdiagnosis or individuals’ not seeking care, many experts believe the number is closer to 35 million. And another six million adults live with bipolar disorder. We are a strong advocate against mental health stigma and provide educational programming, videos, podcasts and materials unique to those individuals living with depression and bipolar disease along with their families, friends, and colleagues. We aim to promote awareness while reducing the stigma of mental health issues. Living with depression and bipolar disorder can be tough, but with helpful guidance, positive changes are possible for individuals and their families.
MHAGC is an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1957. At MHAGC, we focus on the mental health of children and adolescents to adults and veterans by uniquely covering identification, prevention and support of mental health issues. We are dedicated to ensuring that the youths, families and adults in our community have access to plans and education on brain health (from information on nutrition to mental health illness symptoms), the means to live fuller lives and understand when and how to improve their mental health. The overall aim of MHAGC is to make a positive difference on the emotional, social and mental health of individuals. We are excited to celebrate our 62 years of serving our schools, families and the public with a strong focus on ending suicides and supporting lifelong mental health! You are invited to Take a Stand with US!