One in five people suffer

One in five people suffer from a debilitating disease at some point in life, but no one wants to talk about it. That disease is mental illness. One in five people will have to deal with major depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. That's one in five of your neighbors, co-workers, customers and family members. They are people just like you. When mental illness strikes, it can break up marriages, split families, and even send people to emergency rooms, or worse, jail.

You can help restore them

Those suffering from mental illness can be restored to happy, productive lives with help, just like those who have other disabilities with physical causes. A leg amputee can run a marathon with proper support, and those suffering from mental illnesses can return to their lives, jobs and relationships with the proper outpatient treatment. Gulf Bend has resources to treat about 800 individuals in the seven-county region. But the need in the region is closer to 5,000 people. By coming together as a community, we can help restore so many more.