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What a Difference a Friend Makes

The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Mental Health Campaign for Mental Health Recovery aims to encourage, educate, and inspire people between the ages of 18 and 25 to support friends who are experiencing mental health problems.

Discrimination and stigma have made it harder and harder for people with mental illness to keep a job, secure a home, get health insurance, and find treatment. This site is designed for people living with mental illness—and their friends. You’ll find tools that support the recovery process, information on different types of mental illness, and real-life stories about support and recovery that illustrate how friends can make all the difference.

Recovery is more likely in a society of acceptance, so this initiative is meant to inspire young people to serve as the mental health trailblazers, motivating a shift toward acceptance and getting rid of negative attitudes about mental illness.

Serious mental health conditions in this age group are almost twice as common than in the general population, yet young people have the lowest rate of seeking help. With greater social acceptance and the right support and services early on, this group has the potential to minimize future disability and change the way people deal with mental health conditions.

Please visit http://www.whatadifference.samhsa.gov

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