TRENTON - Former New Jersey Gov. Dick Codey and his wife Mary Jo announced the kickoff of their "Codey Fund for Mental Health" campaign on Wednesday.

The fund will support organizations and programs that focus on mental health programs for at-risk youth, mothers with postpartum depression, the homeless, and patients in state psychiatric hospitals.

The fund is intended to help create a future where mental illness is no longer a source of embarrassment and where accurate information and treatment is widely available.

"Today, nearly 25 percent of all Americans experience a mental health disorder," says Codey. "That's more people than have cancer or heart disease. Yet, let’s be honest about it. It’s more socially acceptable to raise money to fight cancer and heart disease, but we can't say that about mental illness."

Both Codey and his wife have spoken candidly about her past struggles with postpartum depression.