Facts About Mental Illness

Mental illness usually strikes individuals in the prime of their lives, often during adolescence and young adulthood

Speak Up and Speak Out! The image of mental illness is incorrectly associated with images of violence and laziness rather than with marginalization and denial of basic rights. Many believe that the only way of dealing with mental illness is long term hospital care. Stigma of mental illness gains strength from these misconceptions and reinforces them.  Our advocacy efforts are targeted to create a well-informed society on mental health and disorders. Become a member of CFI’s speaker bureau.

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Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income.

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Volunteers help build CFI’s organizational strength. That strength comes not only from growing and retaining program participants and enhancing our services, but also in the sense of ownership that volunteers gain when they become visible advocates for CFI. ​Volunteers provide extra hands that enable CFI to do tasks and activities that might not otherwise get done. Volunteers also provide valuable input to CFI's leadership and staff.

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Volunteers are critical partners of CFI. Volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Becoming a volunteer with CFI allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place.  Make new friends and strengthen existing relationships as you commit to a special activity.  Strengthen your ties to the community and broaden your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities.