by Maria Nakae
Jett shares the story of his strong family, which comes together to support his brother who has a mental illness. While many of our families struggle with a whole host of issues, I think it’s particularly courageous of Jett to talk about his family’s experience with mental illness, which is such a taboo topic, especially in many communities of color. By sharing his family’s story, Jett is breaking down the stigma and shame and helping viewers – be they movement allies, elected officials, or people whose lives have been impacted by mental illness themselves – become aware of the need for understanding, support and resources not only for individuals and families, but also for entire communities.
What about your strong family? Do you have a story you want to share? Be a part of our Strong Families Story Collection Project and help us collect 5,000 stories from folks all across the county so that our families can be seen, our voices can be heard, and our needs and priorities can shape policies through the Strong Families initiative.