Whether they've suffered from it themselves, or watched a loved one suffer, mental illnesses can be detrimental in a person's life, if not treated.
That's why local organizations, experts, advocates, and community members all came together to dive deep into the issues of mental health.
Expert panelists addressed everything from medications, to counseling, to how to help a loved one.
They say more people need to be informed about what a mental illness is.
"So many people suffer from mental illness and they don't know what to do. Many people suffer alone. Maybe they go to their primary care doctor and they get some meds but they haven't really learned to talk with other people. And they're suffering in silence," said Jeff Fladen of NAMI Tenneessee.
The forum is the first of it's kind in Chattanooga, and participants hope it could set the stage for more events like it in other cities.
"They are very anxious to hear how this turned out...the organization of it, the response to it how effective it is, they're gonna look at this and see if this can be some kind of a format they can use more across the nation," said Joe Herman of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.
For more information on mental health resources in Chattanooga, check out these sites. http://www.namichattanooga.org/resources.htm http://www.dbsachattanooga.org/