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Mental Illness: What a Difference a Friend Makes

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


The stories of mental illness are as varied as we are. The following stories are from real people who have lived with mental illness and from their friends, who have supported them through recovery. Their words are powerful; their courage is inestimable. If you or somebody you know is coping with a mental health problem, take a look. You'll recognize fears, hopes, and dreams that you may be dealing with right now. Only by sharing can we come together as a community and send the outmoded stigmas packing. Get to know the people on these pages, then share your own story. You just might help somebody very much like you!

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Contributed on 8/2/2010

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