Bring Change to Mind (BC2M) is a school club program created by students especially for students to reduce the stigma and discrimination around mental illness. Statistics show 1 in 5 teens and adults suffer from mental illness. Through peer-to-peer social support, BC2M aims to change fear and stigma to compassion and connectedness, tearing down any barriers that may exist.
The BC2M community of students work together to create a stigma-free zone for people with mental illness to help their schools become a safer place for all people. These clubs can address the isolating and uncertain experiences of the COVID pandemic and have a far-reaching impact through their virtual and hybrid meetings, and outreach.
The Indiana School Mental Health Initiative and the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, at Indiana Institute for Disability and Community, embrace the Bring Change to Mind program with the support of the Department of Education. The number of clubs around the state have grown from 10 to 45, and there is room for 10 more clubs this year.