You may not know it, but it s there.

Society has trained us to believe mental illness is something to be ashamed of, so a majority of the afflicted hide it and go untreated.

I d like to say we re becoming more accepting as a society, but pop culture examples to the contrary aren t difficult to find — the newest song from Drake, Two Birds, One Stone, is critical of fellow rapper Kid Cudi for seeking treatment after admitting to feelings of depression and suicidal thoughts.

We re leaving 50 percent of people without options

To put the problem in perspective, consider that 18.5 percent of American adults suffer from some form of mental illness.

That s nearly as many people as heart disease 11.5 percent and cancer 8.5 percent , the two leading causes of death in the United States, combined.

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