Unabridged started in 2016, as a simple idea to change the way we regard mental illness. From there it has grown into a vision for a nationwide movement, and with the help of students from Duke University, Stanford University, the Golden Gate Bridge Commission and Mental Health America, the first Unabridged walk will take place on the Golden Gate Bridge on June 10th, 2017. We are so excited for you to join us, and make this event as big as our dreams.
The word "unabridged" means to be complete, to not leave anything out. All over the country, people with mental illnesses are hiding this part of their identity, due to social pressure, stigma or shame. They are being forced to live as abridged versions of themselves. We want this movement to encourage people to acknowledge and embrace the challenges they are facing in order to move forward together and as individuals, and hope to redefine what having a mental illness means. We hope this movement can allow people to live unabridged.
About Mental Health America
Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Their work is driven by a commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, and integrated care and treatment for those who need it, with recovery as the goal. Much of their current work is guided by the Before Stage 4 (#B4Stage4) philosophy – that mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process.
Their programs and initiatives fulfill the mission of promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders and achieving victory over mental illness through advocacy, education, research and services.