Breaking stigma,
one story at a time.

Our society has grappled with understanding mental illness for centuries. This lack of understanding, sensationalism in the media, and past attitudes and treatments mental health issues has created immense barriers for those seeking care for their own well-being.

This stigma exists everywhere, including here at Mayo Clinic. So we are setting out to change our culture. Through positive portrayals of what it’s like to live with or support a loved one with a mental illness, we have the power to break down this stigma in our organization so our colleagues feel empowered and supported to get the care they need.  

It’s important for people living with mental health conditions to know that they are not alone. Sharing a story about your mental health challenges can help in your own recovery as well as offer encouragement and support to others with similar experiences. Sharing your story also helps promote understanding and empathy to those without mental illness. 

Disclaimer: The stories included on this page are from employees who have chosen to share and have provided authorization to post.

Melissa's Story - Navigating depression

Matt and Gretl's Story - Family support thru dark times

Rachael's Story - Finding help & self-care

Jen's Story - Surviving childhood trauma & coping with depression

Jay's Story - Discovering joy after dealing with psychosis

Dawn's story - COVID-19's toll

Mark's Story - Off-setting panic attacks & finding his stride

Ashley's Story - PTSD as a new mom

Michael's Story - New job, new hope

Carissa's Story - Lost & Found

Stu's Story - The journey that took a lifetime