Founder and CEO Ben Brafman Discusses 22 Years of Fighting the Stigma
Even though 1 in 4 adults are likely to experience some form of mental illness each year, and 1 in 17 live with a serious mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, there is still a stigma attached to mental illness. In fact, the stigma surrounding mental illnesses is the main reason many people don’t seek treatment.
Ben Brafman, CEO and Founder of Destination Hope, LLC has been working to remove the stigma during his 22 years in the mental health field. He began his career as a mental health tech and worked his way up to clinical director. During this time, he recognized “what was lacking for patients and how they were being treated.” He founded Destination Hope, which now includes specific men’s, women’s, and mature adult programs as well as a wellness center, training academy, and the Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center. Having a conversation may be one way to reduce the stigma of mental illness and letting people know they don’t have to carry the burden alone.