Opening Minds

Opening Minds – Saving Young Lives

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people, with statistics showing that 90-percent of those who take their own lives had a mental illness.

OPENING MINDS ENDING STIGMA, a statewide campaign of the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, presents a new mental health awareness broadcast in September in conjunction with National Suicide Prevention Month.

“Opening Minds Ending Stigma: Saving Young Lives,” a 30-minute documentary features candid and inspiring stories of young Michigan residents and families impacted by mental illness, who, following treatment and recovery, are actively involved in mental health advocacy and support.

The program explores the factors that may increase the risks, and provides information to identify warning signs and effectively respond to assist a family member, friend, or ourselves. It also aims at ending the stigma of mental illness which can prevent young people from seeking help, visiting Michigan schools and universities to reveal programs that offer support to students, particularly those in the highly vulnerable 14 to 24 age range.  Mental health professionals team with educators, and peer support specialists to provide information and insight designed to bring greater understanding of the importance of early intervention.