B4 Stage 4

Did you know that, on average, people living with a mental illness wait ten years from the onset of symptoms before seeking treatment?

The B4Stage4 campaign was started by Mental Health America in order to change the way we think about mental illness and emphasize the importance of prevention and early intervention.

When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don’t wait years to treat them. We start before Stage 4—we begin with prevention. When people are in the first stage of those diseases and are beginning to show signs or symptoms like a persistent cough, high blood pressure, or high blood sugar, we try immediately to reverse these symptoms. We don’t ignore them. In fact, we develop a plan of action to reverse and sometimes stop the progression of the disease. So why don’t we do the same for individuals who are dealing with potentially serious mental illness?

Learn more by exploring Mental Health America’s interactive B4Stage4 toolkit:

The B4Stage4 Philosophy

B4Stage4: Changing the Way We Think About Mental Health (Understanding the 4 Stages)

B4Stage4: Get Informed (Risk Factors and Symptoms)

B4Stage4: Get Screened

B4Stage4: Get Help

B4Stage4: Where to Get Help Interactive Tool

B4Stage4 Infographic

B4Stage4 en Espanol