I've Got You is creating widespread awareness of the signs of mental health disorders so we can RECOGNIZE and RESPOND with COMPASSION. Stigma cannot survive compassion!
The I’ve Got You Project is the result of my myriad experiences dealing with my own and others’ challenges with mental health throughout my life. These experiences compelled me to create a place where everyone can go to get detailed information they need to help them know if someone is struggling and learn how to help. It is a place where those who need help can go for validation, information, and resources.
Though there are many sites with information about mental health disorders, generally, the descriptions of signs of those disorders are quite general and suggestions for how to help are generic. Here at I’ve Got You, I’ve provided hundreds of specific signs (what others can see) or symptoms (what people experience) as well as suggestions for helping. I did this because, despite the presence of other sites, organizations, and projects, millions of people each year are failing to be identified as having mental health problems or getting help. This is one of the biggest public health crises of our time.
I want you to come to I’ve Got You and see exactly what “commiting self-harm” means and looks like – AND how you might recognize someone who is trying to hide the fact that they are self-harming. I want you to be able to recognize the behaviors that mean “irritability” has crossed from having a bad day to having a mental health problem. Here, you’ll see that mental health disorders can and often do begin in young children and what the signs of problems in young children look like.
I’ve Got You wants everyone who needs help to get help.
The project’s name comes from the hundreds of responses from people who are struggling when I asked them this question: “What would you like someone to say to you if they think you may need help?” The most common response was simply, “I’ve got you.”
“I’ve got you” can means so many things to someone: I get it; I’m here for you; I won’t judge you; I’ll listen to you; I want to help.
By telling someone “I’ve got you,” he/she knows they won’t be alone!
All of us will deal with mental health challenges in our lifetime. At least half of us will experience one directly and we will all know or encounter someone else who does.
We have two ways we can respond to these challenges: we can assign blame, shame, or judgment – essentially leaving others to suffer alone and perpetuating stigm – OR we can observe the SIGNS and think “Does this person need help”?
I’ve Got You says you choose the second path – the compassionate path. You see someone behaving in ways that are confusing, frustrating, enraging, frightening, bizarre, or irrational and your FIRST RESPONSE is to wonder if that person needs help.
Your second is to offer help – to say, “I’ve got you.”