Opening Minds

Opening Minds – A Young Person’s Perspective

DETROIT — One in five children and young adults will experience mental illness, with the onset commonly occurring between ages 14 and 24.  The statistics from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) also reveal that there is an average delay of eight years from initial symptoms to effective treatment.

a new video for broadcast and educational use, explores the warning signs and early intervention approaches that can address mental illness at its most treatable stage.  Through personal stories which are candidly told by young people who have faced challenges associated with a variety of mental disorders, viewers discover when and where to seek help.  The 30-minute special aims to promote understanding of mental illness and remove obstacles to treatment for children, adolescents, and young adults.

The Flinn Foundation in concert with DWMHA produced this privately funded special as what they hope to be a statewide effort to educate people about mental illness and improve services and treatment.

Schools, colleges, mental health organizations, and others are free to use this video as a community service tool.