It Took A Mountain Of Courage For Him To Record This. Do You Know Someone Who Needs To See It?

Hundreds of millions of people around the world suffer from mental illnesses. Every single one of them is different, but they have one thing in common. They battle stigma.

On top of the pain and turmoil their mental illness brings, they also battle the fear and shame that comes with being different in a way that people refuse to understand.


But every time one of them stands up and refuses to let the stigma force them to suffer in silence — every time they force people who have the luxury of a quiet mind to hear them — they make the world better for those who can't.

Thank you, Faris Khalifa, for being brave for the rest of us.

1 in 4 adults experience a mental health issue in a given year.

  • 1 in 2 are afraid of people with mental illness.
  • 9 in 10 people think its inappropriate to tell a coworker about your mental illness.
  • 2 in 3 people think there hasn't been any progress in mental health treatment in the last 20 years.
  • 4 in 5 people think having a mental illness is harder than having other illnesses.

Will you be part of the problem? Or will you be a compassionate ear?

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"I was living in a one-bedroom apartment with no heat for two years," Jackson said. "The Department of Veterans Affairs was doing everything they could to help but I was not in a good situation."

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