Opening Minds

Opening Minds – Campus Challenges

There is a mental health crisis facing college students.  One in five young people between the ages 14 to 24 will experience mental illness.  Left untreated, it can cause bigger problems later on.

Opening Minds Ending Stigma: Campus Challenges,” a riveting 30-minute documentary is a program that features candid and inspiring stories of college students and their families impacted by mental illness, illuminates the challenges presented by mental health conditions, the stigma that often delays effective treatment, and that recovery is possible. Also discussed is the rising suicide rate among young people on campus. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students.

OPENING MINDS ENDING STIGMA, a statewide campaign launched a year ago by 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.

Mental illness is a health condition, that is treatable –just as physical conditions like diabetes or heart disease. Research has shown people with mental health conditions can live full productive lives.  Research has also shown that without proper treatment, mental health conditions can worsen and make day-to-day life difficult.