MINDS: SHINING LIGHT ON MENTAL HEALTH is an awareness program that aims at educating young people about mental illness.
To achieve this goal, MINDS conducts seminars in high schools throughout Michigan. The seminars are free to local schools. The MINDS Program brings awareness to the subject of mental illness and also helps to de-stigmatize the disorders. By removing the stigma of mental illness, people then feel more comfortable in seeking the help that is readily available. During each seminar the students are given two brochures. One brochure describes the symptoms of mental illness, while the other provides a guide to local, state and national help lines, referral agencies, organizations and other services.