Mental illness is common and we all probably know someone who has some form of it. Family members and friends can be great trusted resources and advocates for people with mental illness. If you know people who are mentally ill, don’t be afraid to reach out to them and see how they are caring for their health. Sometimes knowing that someone cares about you can make all the difference in you caring about yourself. If more people jump on board and advocate for supporting people with mental illness, hopefully we can decrease the mortality rates due to treatable conditions in this population. NAMI offers numerous support resources that can guide friends and families as well as patients. The organization works hard to destigmatize mental illness, which down the road will hopefully help people feel like they can come out of the shadows and will encourage them to more readily seek the treatment that they need.