It's an epidemic that affects one in four people throughout our world, mental illness. So, the group of people who spoke Tuesday night as a part of 'This is my Brave' told their stories to help begin the conversation.
"Their stories are very creative, they're heartfelt; I am inspired by their courage," said Youth Services Systems CEO John Moses.
Poems and essays were read, songs were sang, telling of personal stories of those who have battled mental health issues. All in the hopes of ending the stigma surrounding them.
"The biggest thing that impacts people getting help from mental illness is the fact that the stigma exist," said NAMI Greater Wheeling Exec. Director Amy Gamble. "The stigma is the shame, and the blame, and the guilt, and the humiliation that comes from an illness that for so many years has been stigmatized."
So, NAMI, along with Youth Services System, brought 'This is my Brave' to Wheeling because the biggest issue is for people to get help.
"For myself, it took me a long time to get the treatment I needed," said Gamble. "When we don't get help, we can't live a fulfilling life."
Co-Founder for 'This is my Brave' Jennifer Marshall says they do this as a way to provide a community and hope while encouraging those quietly battling to share their stories.
They want to urge you if you feel like you need it, get help.