From Stigma to Hope: Randy Revelle's story

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by New Day Producers

KING5.com

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 31 at 9:19 AM

According to the World Health Organization, one out of every four people develops at least one mental disorder at some stage of life. In fact, mental illness is more common than cancer, diabetes or heart disease. But many people are still reluctant to talk about their struggles, so here on New Day, we want to help change the stigma... to hope.

Randy Revelle faced the challenge of mental illness early in his political career, as he served on the Seattle City Council and successfully ran for King County Executive. It took drastic action for him to get the help he needed, and the experience sparked his passion to advocate on behalf of other people facing mental health challenges, which he continues to do now as Vice President of the Washington State Hospital Association. We were honored to have him join Margaret today to talk share his remarkable story and help us all shatter the stigma around this all-too-common type of illness.

For more information about the Washington State Hospital Association and the tremendous work it does to help people in all walks of life, as well as to find resources to help a friend, loved one or yourself, please click here.

If you or someone you know needs help RIGHT AWAY, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

 

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