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Stories of hope and strength

Stories change hearts and minds

When we connect, we create empathy and understanding. And when we have empathy and understanding, we help end stigma. It’s why storytelling can be so powerful. We’re stronger together, and when we talk openly about mental health, stigma doesn’t stand a chance.

Better your understanding of mental illnesses by checking out the stories, videos and podcasts below. If you have a lived experience with mental health and illness, we encourage you to share your story too.

Lived experiences

Connect with the personal stories of people living with a mental illness, family members/caregivers of someone with a mental illness and Make It OK ambassadors.

Hear their perspective

Share your lived experience

Your story has the power to reduce stigma, create connection, provide comfort and promote understanding.

Share your lived experience


Listen to people of all walks of life discuss their personal lived experiences with mental health and illnesses — their challenges, wins and even moments of humor.

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Partner stories

Organizations and communities across the country have launched the Make It OK campaign and are making a difference in their communities.
Read the impacts

Community conversations

Watch webinars and other recordings like Penumbra Theatre: Let’s Talk — Mental Wellness & Race conversation and the Make It OK 10-Year celebration event.

Tune in

Thousands of people have already pledged to stop the stigma of mental health and illnesses

Stigma stops here. By signing this pledge, you’re helping break the silence and taking a stand against mental health stigma. Together, we can Make It OK.

Take the pledge