When individuals and families are faced with mental illness, the suffering and the challenges associated with these illnesses often cause hope to begin to slip away.  In May 2012, Lindner Center of HOPE kicked off an awareness and fundraising campaign called Planting Seeds for HOPE.  The goal of the campaign is to develop roots for HOPE as the seeds we plant in awareness, understanding and support can grow and bloom HOPE for those in need.

There are many facts about mental illness that are misunderstood by or misrepresented to the general public. To make real progress toward ending stigma, increasing understanding and bringing parity to mental illness, we need to better understand the reality of the illness at all levels.
 
Education is a component of Lindner Center of HOPE’s mission. The Center’s desire is to help the public understand the truth about mental health. Throughout Mental Health Month in May, Lindner Center of HOPE shared Seeds of Truth about mental illness. You can find the seeds in the sidebar on the right of this page. We will also place new seeds of truth periodically going forward, so visit often.



In addition to enhancing your own awareness by following the Seeds of Truth, please also consider Planting your own Seeds for HOPE through a gift to Lindner Center of HOPE.

You can give online by clicking here or call or email Mary Alexander at 513-536-0317 or giving@lindnercenter.org, or mail a donation to Lindner Center of HOPE, Development Office, 4075 Old Western Row Road, Mason, OH 45040.



Let’s sow some seeds together for the future
and for HOPE.
   

About half of mental disorders begin before the age of 14. Early diagnosis can help an individual get appropriate treatment and live a normal life.

Around 20% of the world's children and adolescents are estimated to have mental disorders or problems, with similar types of disorders being reported across cultures. This is a global issue we all need to address.

Taking care of your body is a powerful first step towards mental and emotional health. The mind and the body are linked. When you improve your physical health, you’ll automatically experience greater mental and emotional well-being.
Depression is characterized by sustained sadness and loss of interest along with psychological, behavioral and physical symptoms. It is ranked as the leading cause of disability worldwide. But with treatment, symptoms can improve.

To have good mental and emotional health, it’s important to take care of your body. That includes getting enough sleep. Most people need seven to eight hours of sleep each night in order to function optimally.

On average about 800 000 people commit suicide every year, 86% of them in low- and middle-income countries. More than half of the people who kill themselves are aged between 15 and 44. Mental disorders are one of the most prominent and treatable causes of suicide. We must help people access treatment.

To improve your mental well-being, learn about good nutrition and practice it. The subject of nutrition is complicated and not always easy to put into practice. But the more you learn about what you eat and how it affects your energy and mood, the better you can feel.

Read more Seeds of Truth, click here.