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Shattering Stigma Mural in Downtown Toledo

The second installation of the “Shattering Stigma” project was done recently – a project funded by the Greater Toledo Community Foundation (GTCF) and a collaboration between artist Gail Christofferson of Animal House Glass Studio and Zepf Center. Unique to this installation are QR codes embedded in the piece that allow viewers to get more information about mental illness and how to help someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis. Funding came from GTCF’s David C. and Lura M. Lovell Foundation Designated Fund which supports programs that seek to reduce the stigma around living with and seeking services for mental health issues.

What are the facts?

One in five adults will experience a mental illness.

  • Life expectancy for someone with a mental illness can be up to 25 years shorter than for someone without – often due to untreated medical conditions.
  • Mental illnesses are more common than cancer, diabetes, or heart Half of all cases of mental illness begin between the ages of 15-25.
  • More than 50% of all adults living in the United States will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their
  • For more information, visit Mental Health America at mentalhealthamerica.org. If you need help now, call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency room.

–From 11/5/20 GTCF Facebook Post