Opening Minds

Opening Minds – Early Intervention is Key

DETROIT – One in five young people between the ages of 14 to 24 will experience mental illness. Left untreated, it can cause bigger problems later on.

With May being National Mental Health Awareness Month, the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) have teamed up to change the conversation with young people about mental illness as they launch the “Opening Minds Ending Stigma” statewide campaign.

Opening Minds Ending Stigma – Early Intervention Is Key” is a 30-minute film features inspiring and candid stories of young Michigan residents and families impacted by mental illness, illuminates the challenges presented by mental disorders, the stigma that often delays effective treatment, and that recovery is possible. Leading Michigan-based experts in pediatric care, educators, parent/child relationships and peer support programs also appear to bring greater understanding of the importance of early intervention.