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About Be Vocal

“I joined Be Vocal to practice the strength I espouse on TV and at home to my children – to show, in solidarity with everyone living with and impacted by a mental health condition, that living well is possible and worth it – and that there is absolutely no shame in a diagnosis.”
Chyler Leigh, Actor and Advocate

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 six leading mental health advocacy organizations – including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 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.

To help encourage others to advocate for themselves and their community, actor and advocate Chyler Leigh is speaking out for the first time about her experience with bipolar disorder.

“I joined Be Vocal to practice the strength I espouse on TV and at home to my children – to show, in solidarity with everyone living with and impacted by a mental health condition, that living well is possible and worth it – and that there is absolutely no shame in a diagnosis.”

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.