The Ohio State College of Nursing’s Initiative to End the Stigma Around Mental Illness

COLUMBUS, Ohio – April 11, 2017 – The Ohio State University College of Nursing is asking the nation to join together in an unprecedented effort to break down the barriers of mental illness and reshape the future to one where people can ask for help without stigma or fear, and the village around them will say “I will help you.” The goal of this initiative is to spread awareness and give anyone the skills and resources needed to identify and assist individuals who are struggling with mental health issues.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that, in any given year, one in five adults in the United States will suffer with mental illness. This same prevalence is seen in teenagers as well. It is no secret that the incidence of mental illness is increasing, but many people do not seek help due to the stigma. It is important to break down the barriers around asking for help and know the signs that someone you love may be suffering.

Eighty-one senior nursing students have put the initiative together as part of their final leadership class. The students developed online videos, a website, and four educational modules tailored specifically for educators, health care providers, law enforcement officials, and for anyone who wants to learn how to help. The modules provide guidance on identifying individuals who may be struggling and how to assure them that they are not alone. The website also includes a module for anyone who may need help themselves and provides resources for these individuals.

Their vision is to create a world where individuals with mental health disorders will not feel alone. Their mission is to help, to heal, and to achieve a better tomorrow for those suffering alone in the shadows. They want you to join them.

Join the initiative by taking the pledge. Pledge to help those who are suffering. Or pledge to heal if you are suffering.

Visit the initiative website for more information and to take the pledge at:

You can also follow the initiative on social media: Facebook:

Twitter: @IWillHelpYouOrg

Instagram: @i_will_help_you_initiative


Kate Gawlik