Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health is an initiative encouraging people across America to use their voice in support of mental health. Be Vocal aims to empower adults living with mental health conditions to speak up when talking with their professional support team and to speak up as a community to advance mental health in America.

Be Vocal is a partnership between five leading mental health advocacy organizations – including Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, The JED Foundation, Mental Health America, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the National Council for Behavioral Health – and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. This is the first time these organizations have come together to support an initiative focused on helping individuals and communities advocate for themselves and others.

Be Vocal evolved out of The Mental Health Listening & Engagement Tour supported by Sunovion in 2014, which focused on the importance of advocating for yourself and your community. Following the Tour, Be Vocal launched in May 2015 and the initiative continues to change perceptions of mental health in America today.

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For the first time, these five leading mental health organizations are joining forces to support a single initiative:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is a leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions: depression and bipolar disorder. Because DBSA was created for and is led by individuals living with mood disorders, our vision, mission, and programming are always informed by the personal, lived experience of peers.


JED is a leading national non-profit organization that works to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college students and young adults. JED's programs are inspiring a national dialogue on mental health, encouraging millions of young people to speak up and take action, and changing the way academic institutions create healthier campus communities and prevent substance abuse and self-harm.

Mental Health America

Mental Health America is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing mental health and mental illness before Stage 4, through prevention services, early identification and intervention, integrated care and treatment, with recovery as the goal.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

The National Council for Behavioral Health

The National Council for Behavioral Health (the National Council) is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations.


Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. is committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by mental illness and is supporting Be Vocal as a part of that pledge.

Sunovion is a leading pharmaceutical company dedicated to discovering and developing therapeutic products that advance the science of medicine and improve the lives of patients and their families.