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Who is affected by mental health disorders?

Celebrities with mental health and substance use disorders that you have probably heard of are:
  • Michael Phelps
    Michael Phelps
    (Olympic athlete) Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Tom Harrell
    Tom Harrell
    (jazz musician/composer) Schizophrenia
  • Buzz Aldrin
    Buzz Aldrin
    (astronaut) Depression and Substance Use
  • Winston Churchill
    Winston Churchill
    (former British Prime Minister) Depression
  • Brooke Shields
    Brooke Shields
    (actress and model) Postpartum Depression
  • Howie Mandel
    Howie Mandel
    (comedian/actor) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Herschel Walker
    Herschel Walker
    (NFL Player/Author) Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Laura Lawless
    Laura Lawless
    Miss Arizona 2002 Clinical Depression

Mental Health

People develop mental health and substance use disorders for many reasons:

  • For some it may be genetic
  • For others it may be the result of a life experience
  • They may be the result of another illness, and …
  • Sometimes we simply don’t know why

These are “health” fears just like diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, or arthritis.

If mental health and substance use disorders are “health” challenges, why are people often treated differently?

STIGMA

Stigma refers to the negative attitudes and negative behaviors toward people with substance use and mental health disorders.

FACT

Mental health and substance use disorders are actually quite common.

About 1 in 5 people has a mental disorder during the course of a year.

Recovery

There are a variety of treatments available. Treatment works and people really do recover! Unfortunately, stigma often becomes a wall to people.  This can seriously impact recovery.

You can help fight the negative attitudes and behavior associated with mental health and substance use disorders!

People with mental health and substance use disorders live, work, go to school, and volunteer in your community.  They are family members, friends, and neighbors. They serve our country and are meaningful society members.

Help and inspire people in their recovery from mental health and substance use disorders We should treat them the same as we do people who face any serious health condition.

You Can Help

  • Know the facts
  • Teach others
  • Choose your words carefully
  • Be aware of your own attitude and behavior
  • Be helpful and caring
  • Include everyone in events

Together We Can Beat Stigma

Famous people are not the only ones who face serious health conditions. They can – and do – test anyone. Your aunt, your father, your sibling, your child, your neighbor, people you work with, your boss, your teacher … and yes, even YOU may face them.