Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, annually that reality is recognized by highlighting Mental Health Awareness. Additionally, during this month, Children’s Mental Health Day raises awareness about the youth annually on May 10th. This year the National Alliance on Mental Health is using their platform to bring raise awareness to the stigma of mental health with their campaign “CureStigma. NAMI is fighting stigma by providing support, educating the public and advocating for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. One in 5 Americans is affected by mental health conditions. Stigma is toxic to their mental health because it creates an environment of shame, fear and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment. The perception of mental illness won’t change unless we unite to act and create change around mental health stigma. If you would like to use your voice to help spread the cure and learn more about mental health, please visit https://www.nami.org/.