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1 in 4 is affected by Mental Illness. End the Stigma.

February 2, 2020

Emily… Emily was a very vibrant young lady.
She was a very very smart young lady. When she was about ten-years old, we realized that
she was suffering from some sort of depression. She began to act differently. From about 16
on, we put her into several different rehabs… different facilities to try to get her some help
and thought she was doing pretty well. She was diagnosed with borderline personality
disorder which, quite frankly, I had no idea what it was. March 17 of 2013, Emily lost her battle… It is one of the most horrible, horrible pains that you will ever feel in your entire life – is to bury your child. And the pain that we have suffered as a family,
um… has been quite intense. The fact that I can even talk about it now is pretty remarkable. But we knew after we got through the initial shock of it that we had to do something to change the way people perceived mental illness. In reaching out and looking around we found
this organization called Bring Change 2 Mind. I had no idea who founded it; I had no idea
what it was about. When I researched it, I learned it was Glenn Close. Her sister and
nephew who… sister and nephew suffering from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. And
I knew it was something that I had to get involved with because they were dealing with
something that was at the root of all mental illness, which is stigma. After Emily died,
I had close to 18 people come to me and say: “listen, I need to tell you about my daughter…
or my son… or my friend… Now please don’t tell anybody.” That’s stigma. That is what it is about. I am not saying had Emily been able to be more widely accepted with it she would still be alive. Um… I am not sure. I sometimes feel like I have failed her as
a parent, yet everyone around me tells me I have not. But still you, deep down, suffer
with this. But we knew we had to change this a bit. We knew we had to do something. And
so I joined Bring Change 2 Mind. I actually became the chair of its board. Listen. The
goal is this: If I can help change the perception of the world towards people that are sick
so that these people can get the right help, maybe I can save a life. Maybe our family
can help save another parent from going through what we suffered through. And so my whole
goal of getting involved in any organization is “how can I help a child live?” or “how can I even help an adult live who is suffering through this?” One of the things we could
do through our company was, by donating a percentage of our sales to organizations
like Bring Change 2 Mind, we feel that we are going to make a difference. You go out look at any company in the world – they support all great causes: cancer, heart diseases,
etc. Find out how many support mental illness. People are so afraid of this. Stop being afraid.
Do something. If you have a company, make a donation. Help the cause. I don’t care who it is to, but we have got to get this in front of people. We have got to change the perception
people have about mental illness. Period. There is no other choice.


  • Reply Laura Gumina May 19, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I raised money on indiegogo to make a film endorsing EMDR- in an effort to help others to choose this therapy- for I overcame over 35 years battle with bipolar diroder.  It changed my life. I've been "out of the closet" for years in an effort to help dispel the stigma of mental illness.  Thank-you.

  • Reply Brittany Glass August 2, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    +Mybody thank you so much, David, for sharing your story about your daughter Emily. I am so sorry for your loss. I suffer from panic disorder, depression, and OCD. Not only to I happen to love your products (which I found out about long before I knew about Mybody supporting mental health & working to fight the stigma against it), but I'm also thrilled to know that this company is involved in such a stigmatized illness. Thank you & God Bless you all.

  • Reply Matthew Wilson January 13, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    You are a very strong man! I am 29 years old, In the fall of 2015 I was diagnosed with Bi-Polar Type 1. I know what it feels like to not want to live another breath. The reason I stay alive is due to my desire to help others who are also struggling. I have a facebook group called Together We Will End The Stigma. My name is Matthew Wilson. Please consider joining. The group needs individuals like yourself!

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