I'm the Evidence/Mental Health Campaign (ITE)
I’m the Evidence/Mental Health Campaign (ITE/MH) is a campaign to raise awareness about how each of us can positively impact the lives of people in mental health recovery, by honoring human potential, creating opportunities, and offering encouragement. To learn more about mental health recovery, read the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Working Definition of Recovery from Mental and/or Substance Use Disorders.
ITE/MH celebrates people who are the living Evidence of mental health recovery, as well as those individuals, organizations, and communities that offer support and hope along the journey.
The Campaign goals are to:
- Increase awareness of recovery. ITE/MH aims to increase awareness that people recover from mental illness.
- Engage individuals, organizations, and communities in the support of recovery. ITE/MH seeks to engage individuals, organizations, and communities in the support of recovery, by honoring human potential and inspiring hope, creating opportunities, and offering encouragement.
- Celebrate individuals, organizations, and communities that support recovery. ITE/MH celebrates people who are living examples of recovery, and the individuals, organizations, and communities that support recovery.
The ITE/MH poem expresses the values at the heart of the Campaign: belief, hope, giving, connectedness, action, example, encouragement, and possibility.
We honor and celebrate everyone who lives and supports these values.
The I’m the Evidence poem was written as an affirmation of the human spirit and aims to capture the essence of the values and actions that are important in the growth, healing, and recovery journey. At its core, the poem is intended to inspire people moving through life’s challenges, as well as those who support them—we believe that these roles are very fluid and there is tremendous value in experiencing both. The use of the words “I’m the Evidence” makes plainly visible our belief in the values weaved throughout the poem. Whether facing mental illness, addiction, cancer or other distressing/disabling life experiences, the need for hope and support is paramount. Seeing—and sharing—the words “I’m the Evidence” offers an opportunity for empowerment and connection with others.
The ITE/MH Campaign gives special thanks to the PA Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for living the values of the Campaign and providing partial funding support.