Perhaps the best definition of advocacy was voiced by Eleanor Roosevelt: “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” In facing the stigma and shame that still surrounds mental illness, we are tested by many challenges. Each of us has had to break through boundaries of fear and convention to help our family member; each of us has felt the discrimination that exists against people who have brain disorders. In our struggle to “stand with” and “stand up for” our loved ones, we are all advocates.

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