OK2Talk campaign urges folks to speak up about mental illness
By: Jillian Wilson
Starting today the public will get a glimpse of the ok2talk national mental health PSA.
The National Association of Broadcasters is behind the message to lift the stigma from the illness.
The whole point of the spots is to let young people know its okay to talk about mental health and to find help when needed.
Experts in the area say this is crucial for recovery.
"Mental illness is a physiological disease just like heart disease, just like diabetes and it is not within a person's ability to control it," says Paula Price, licensed mental health counselor.
OK2Talk is an online community where young adults struggling with mental health problems can share their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle, or hope.
The goal is for young people to speak out about their issues before it's too late.
"Just like the shootings in Connecticut that young man didn't receive the care that he needed. They weren't taking it seriously. Families kind of hide it. We need to stop doing that. We need to let the people get the help they need because on the proper medication, they can live perfectly functioning lives," says Price.
Folks in the community say this is a good way to move forward when it comes to mental health.
"Well I think mental illness for years has been a secret, but what we find out when people reach out for help that they don't feel so alone because they find out that's others just like them that may be having the same problem," says Nancy Adolphi, DeWitt Resident.
Folks say much good will come from the ok2talk campaign.
"I think that builds awareness and people go from being afraid and confused about mental illness to building a better understanding of what they're going through and more sympathetic towards people," says Jennifer Mullert, Bettendorf resident.
And if you or someone you love is experiencing pain or any type of struggle, remember to talk about it and seek professional help.
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