On average, mental health issues affect 1 in 4 people in the United States. Yet many people of all ages experiencing such challenges do not seek out treatment because of the negative beliefs held by the general public.
Unfortunately, avoiding treatment does not make the mental health problems simply go away. Many treatments (e.g., pharmacological and talk-based therapies) have been very successful in helping people overcome all types of mental health issues including depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and schizophrenia. However, T-shirts sold by K-Mart that say, "I'm Not Crazy My Imaginary Friends Can Prove It" & & "Gone Crazy Back in Five Minutes" (See http://www.kmart.com/junior-s-plus-graphic-t-shirt-gone-crazy/p-027VA49763601P?prdNo=5) denigrates people who have mental illnesses. Such t-shirts are disrespectful and scare people away from much needed treatment to avoid being labeled 'CRAZY'. Treatment can help and ensure productive lives for people with mental health challenges.
Please sign my petition to encourage K-Mart to discontinue all sales to t-shirts that perpetuate the stigma of mental illness.