WBFO's Mental Health Initiative
Stories of Stigma and Struggle

In this video series meet people who are dealing with a variety of mental health issues. We profile sufferers of mental illness from depression to bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia, sharing personal stories of the illness they face, the challenges they had to overcome to receive treatment and the role that stigma and silence have played in their lives.

Stories of Stigma and Struggle

Maura Kelley | If I Can Do It, You Can Do It

“All I wanted to do was kill myself.” That is how Maura Kelley began her story with us. She suffers from mental illness and was hospitalized 13 times. She now owns a home and runs Mental Health Peer Connection, an over two million dollar business helping others with mental illness. Her message to those suffering with mental illness: If I can do it, you can do it.

Stories of Stigma and Struggle

Michael Frey | You’ve Got to Have Faith in Something Bigger

Diagnosed in 4th grade, Michael Frey has OCD, generalized anxiety, agoraphobia and major clinical depression. Now 50 years old, his symptoms have gotten progressively worse. Guitar playing, convening with nature and a faith in something bigger than himself keep him moving forward.

Stories of Stigma and Struggle

Thriving With Mental Illness Pt. 3

As part of WBFO’s Mental Health initiative, we offer stories of stigma and struggle, an inside look at mental illness and its impacts. In this video series, we hear from people living with mental illness from depression to bi-polar and schizophrenia, sharing the stories of the illness they face, the challenges they work to overcome and the role that stigma and silence have played in their lives.

Stories of Stigma and Struggle

Thriving With Mental Illness Pt. 2

As part of WBFO’s Mental Health initiative, we offer stories of stigma and struggle, an inside look at mental illness and its impacts. In this video series, we hear from people living with mental illness from depression to bi-polar and schizophrenia, sharing the stories of the illness they face, the challenges they work to overcome and the role that stigma and silence have played in their lives.

Stories of Stigma and Struggle

Thriving With Mental Illness Pt. 1

As part of WBFO’s Mental Health initiative, we offer stories of stigma and struggle, an inside look at mental illness and its impacts. In this video series, we hear from people living with mental illness from depression to bi-polar and schizophrenia, sharing the stories of the illness they face, the challenges they work to overcome and the role that stigma and silence have played in their lives.

STORIES OF STIGMA AND STRUGGLE

WBFO's Mental Health Initiative | Rural Access

As part of WBFO’s Mental Health initiative, we offer stories of stigma and struggle, an inside look at mental illness and its impacts. In this video, we look at the challenges to accessing mental health services for people who live in rural areas, and what places like the Rural Outreach Center are doing to help that.

Stories of Stigma and Struggle

Mark Wozniak | You're Not Alone

As part of WBFO’s Mental Health initiative, we offer stories of stigma and struggle, an inside look at mental illness and its impacts. In our first video, WBFO’s Mark Wozniak shares his personal story of depression, how he has dealt with it, and what can be learned from it.


The focus of WBFO’s Mental Health Initiative is to normalize the conversation about mental illness by bringing this issue from the shadows into everyday light. This two-year project will provide in-depth coverage of mental health issues and help to build the mental health literacy of our community.
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WBFO's Mental Health Initiative is funded by the Patrick P. Lee Foundation