Mediaplanet has just announced its plans for the latest edition of its “Mental Health” crusade. The latter is just what the field of mental health needs: a widespread campaign to inform readers about how vital it is for the general public at large to destigmatize mental health in all its forms, and make sure that all sufferers who are affected, receive the support they require to get back on track, and experience optimum mental health and well-being.
This action is desperately needed, as at the present time, a whopping one in five adults in the US alone, has some form of mental illness, and suicide rates are getting even higher. Further, the National Alliance on Mental Illness states that: “Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year. Among adults with a serious mental illness, 62.9% received mental health services in the past year”. On a positive note, Mediaplanet’s campaign is designed to endow readers with plenty of easy to understand information and advice, so that they will be empowered to take control of their issues, and inspire anyone they know who is also suffering, be it family members or friends, to follow suit.
The latest cover of the magazine features Mary Lambert, the well known Grammy-nominated musician. She notes that: “Advocacy and talking about mental health within the context of art is very important”. She talks in depth about her life, and the part that mental health plays in it, and reveals how she has successfully managed to put her traumas in the past. Lambert discusses the issues she has had to face, these include: having to deal with bipolar disorder, depression, sexual violence, and her memories of being abused as a child. This is likely to uplift many readers, and give them the strength they need to open another door in their life, which leads to a strong support system, and gets them away from what is destroying them.
Star of the forthcoming Hellboy reboot, and Stranger Things actor, and bi-polar suffer, David Harbour, is also playing a role in this innovative mental health campaign, and is very keen to tackle toxic misconceptions about mental illness, and help desigmatization. He wants to share his powerful story in order to help readers who are in the same situation. He states: “I wanted folks to know that although I’m living my dreams now, this is not the way it’s always been”. Harbour is using his platform to help destigmatize mental illness, and tackle toxic misconceptions. He says: “If someone suffers, they need your help, not your distrust or fear”.
This campaign has had great support from: the John F. Kennedy University, William James College, Otsuka, Talkspace, David Harbour, Mary Lambert, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, To Write Love on Her Arms, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.