We Want to Hear Your Messages to Someone You Love With a Mental Illness

If you or your loved one is affected by mental illness, The Mighty and Bring Change 2 Mind want to hear your response to this question: What’s one thing you want someone with a mental illness who’s going through a hard time to know? Send us your video response, and it might be used in a video for The Mighty! Here’s a summary of our video on tips for filming your response:

  • When using a cellphone, hold it horizontally with two hands. Don’t hold it vertically or with one hand. Hand Position
  • If using a video camera, be sure it is on a tripod or held by another person with both hands.
  • Try to answer the question in 5 – 15 seconds.
  • Use plenty of natural light. If inside, have your face towards the window. You don’t want the sun or a window behind you — it creates a silhouette and we won’t be able to see you. StandingPosition


  • Record in a quiet place.
  • Speak clearly & concisely. Be sure your hand is not over the microphone. Play through the video before submitting to make sure you can hear yourself.

Please submit your video to [email protected] by November 30th​.  We want video messages from loved ones of people with mental illness and people with mental illness sending words of encouragement to someone with a mental illness who’s going through a hard time. Please note: Every clip cannot be included in what is published. However, every response will be used internally, to help make our approach to mental health coverage as informed & supportive as it can be.

Find this story helpful? Share it with someone you care about.

Related to Mental Health

Please Don’t Change the Subject When I Talk About Suicide

I recently survived a suicidal episode of depression. It wasn’t my first and it won’t be my last, but this time I became aware of something troubling about survival. It’s very anti-climactic. This is awful because surviving is a big deal. For me, it’s one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. Yet as I [...]

To Anyone Dressing Like a 'Mental Patient' for Halloween

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a magic, liminal space between dark and light, where we can explore and play with meaning and identity — we can be witches or fairies, Jedis or Dr. Whos, police officers or surgeons. Also, its central rite is the Great American Candy Swap, and at our house, the kids pay a pretty hefty Almond Joy tax. As my [...]
nfl player brandon marshall and under armour logo

NFL Player and Under Armour Are Teaming Up for Mental Health

Sports and mental health advocacy are coming together with a new line of Under Armour products launched by NFL wide-receiver Brandon Marshall’s nonprofit, Project375. “I’m in tears writing this because I’m so excited to announce we are finally launching our product line that one day will bring millions of dollars to the mental health community,” [...]
Student sitting at a desk in a classroom

To the College Student Being Told Your Psychology Major Is a Waste

When Jeb Bush put down psychology majors while arguing that college students should be taking their career paths more seriously, he upset a lot of people — you know, like, psychology majors. “Universities ought to have skin in the game,” the Republican presidential candidate said, according to the Washington Examiner. “When a student shows up, they ought [...]