Thirteen-year-old Kenzie is afraid to tell anyone that she feels like something is wrong with her. She assumes people will say, “That girl is crazy,” “She’s making it up,” or, “Her parents did something wrong.”
On social media, it seems like everyone is happy. All of this worsens Kenzie’s thoughts and feelings and makes her uncomfortable and embarrassed to talk to a friend or caring adult.
Imagine a better future for mental health treatment.
What if it were different? What if Kenzie was not afraid to talk about her thoughts and feelings?
Imagine that mental health problems are seen as the common experience they are. Kenzie feels comfortable talking to a trusted adult who sees that she is struggling. The adult responds with compassion and understanding.
Kenzie feels empowered and is more likely to seek treatment and confide in others.
How we will get there.
Normalizing mental illness is a community-wide effort, but we can break the stigma.
For centuries, problems with mental health have been treated as a weakness. Over time we have learned that these problems are real and common, yet many people are still uncomfortable talking about mental health. Kids and teens like Kenzie assume they are the only ones struggling. Oftentimes kids suffer in silence.
Together, we have the power to change our social culture. We can create a new conversation around mental health so young people don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed. With your support, we will create programs and partner with organizations to break the stigma.