To speak out about mental health conditions and addiction, embolden others to share their own stories, foster inclusion and nurture hope, and fight the stigma that keeps mental illness and addiction in the shadows of shame and denial.
An attorney and mediator, Cam has now spoken publicly to over fifty audiences about his journey through a major depressive episode in 2013. Cam recently founded Stout Heart, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit. Its mission is to obtain charitable giving to support Cam’s efforts to share his inspiring story of resilient recovery with students and educators, first responders, veterans, and people living on the margins of society.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that one in five adults in the United States experiences mental illness in a given year.
Close to seven percent (16 million people) had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
21% of teens will experience a mental disorder at some point.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college-age youth, and the third cause of death among adolescents.
Only 35% of people aged 18-25 receive treatment.
THE CALL TO ACTION:
Stamp out the stigma that breeds shame and denial by sharing our lived experiences. Everybody’s got something.
Educate: Mental health conditions are just that; health conditions, not weaknesses or lack of willpower.
Get early diagnosis and treatment.
Recruit a Supportive, Energizing And Loving (SEAL) Team. No loved one left behind!
Develop self-care and resilience practices including exercise, mindfulness, and working in the service of others who are facing similar challenges.