It’s 2017, but unfortunately a fierce stigma still exists in the realm of mental health. Although one in five Americans suffers from some type of mental illness, the unaffected four people do not understand it, and often don’t try to understand it.
One such mental illness is bipolar disorder, a profoundly misunderstood and under-treated illness that can have a devastating effect on relationships, ability to hold a job or attend school, and life choices of those who suffer from it. But help is here, and thankfully right in our backyard. The CU-Boulder Department of Psychology & Neuroscience department houses a specialized treatment center that aims to help these individuals.
The Sutherland Bipolar Center, supported by the Robert D. Sutherland Memorial Foundation, has been in existence for nearly 16 years, and has helped over 1,500 individuals with bipolar disorder at little to no cost.
Currently the Center is able to accommodate 30 patients at a time, of adolescent and adult age, and also works with their families. Since their research- and evidence- based treatment center has a reputation in such high regard and there is a great need for its low-cost services, there is a waiting list.
Sutherland Bipolar Center’s patients would not otherwise be able to afford treatment, therefore the Center depends heavily upon grants and donations to stay up and running.
That is why Sutherland Bipolar Center is partnering with the British band Coldplay, who has generously offered to help them to hold a contest with all entry fees going to the Center. The drawing begins now in May, Mental Health Month, and ends on July 7 when the drawing takes place.
Donations that count for an entry have to be at least $25, and the more money donated equals more chances to be entered into the contest. The grand prize? A trip for four including round-trip airfare to Washington D.C. plus hotel accommodations and a rental car to see Coldplay perform live at FedEx Field on August 6.
Plus, the winner receives hospitality passes to meet the band and will even walk away with a signed Fender guitar! Pretty cool.
This is not Coldplay’s first move to help those in need. The band has always considered philanthropy to be important, but it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to benefit a great cause.
“You can make people aware of issues,” Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman said. “…if it can help people, then we want to do it.”
To make a donation and to enter the contest, click here. Remember to get your entries in before July 7 when the campaign will end.