JOSHUA SKRZYPEK (5/1/87-1/16/09) lost his life to suicide at the age of 21. Josh suffered from the often times devastating effects of bipolar disorder. He struggled to cope with his mental illness for most of his teen and young adult years. Because Josh suffered in silence, the foundation is dedicated to shedding light on mental illness in order to break down the barriers that keep so many sufferers from accessing treatment.
The mission of Josh’s Journey is to increase awareness of mental illness so those who suffer may be able to fulfill a meaningful life and achieve their full potential. We will achieve this by providing education to sufferers and their families to maximize early diagnosis, treatment and recovery. We strive to increase social acceptance and decrease negative attitudes that surround mental illness, thereby eliminating stigma in our communities. We will seek and support legislation that will achieve equal and fair responses to the health and wellness of the mentally ill.
- Depression and other mental illnesses are not true medical illnesses.
- Mental illness is a character flaw.
- Depression does not affect children and adolescents.
- People with a mental illness can will it away.
- Addiction is a choice and shows lack of willpower.
- Mental illness is a result of bad parenting.
FEEL for those challenged with mental illness in their lives:
“Misconceptions about mental illness contribute to the stigma, which leads many people to be ashamed and prevents them from seeking help,” said Constance Lieber, NARSAD President. “Dispelling these myths is a powerful step toward eradicating the stigma and allaying the fears surrounding brain disorders.” (Source: PRNewswire, October 2001)
Hope is the feeling that the feeling you have isn't permanent. –Jean Kerr Quotes, American Writer 1923-2003
Happiness can be found in even the darkest of times, but only to those who remember to turn on the light. –Albus Dumbledore - Harry Potter Character
Hope, like the gleaming taper's light, Adorns and cheers our way; And still, as darker grows the night, Emits a brighter ray.–Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774); Poet, Playwright, Physician
Once you choose hope, anything is possible. –Christopher Reeve (1952-2004); Actor, Producer, Director, And Writer
Hope is not pretending that troubles don't exist. It is the hope that they won't last forever. That hurts will be healed and difficulties overcome. That we will be led out of the darkness and into the sunshine. –Anonymous