SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, May 4, 2017, 5-8 p.m. – Anti-Stigma Forum discussion: Combating Human Trafficking
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Theresa Flores, Human Trafficking Survivor, best selling author of four books including "The Slave Across the Street" and founder of S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution). Additionally, the "Theresa Flores Law" was passed in Michigan that eliminates the statue of limitation for children who have been trafficked.
#endstigma Posting with the hashtag will allow people to speak up about their own experiences, to share their point of view with individuals who may be struggling to explain what they are going through—and help others figure out if they too are showing signs of a mental illness. Sharing is the key to breaking down the discrimination and stigma surrounding mental illnesses, and to show others that they are not alone in their feelings and their symptoms.
We’re all responsible in creating a more supportive and healthy community where we can acknowledge that mental health symptoms are the same as other medical symptoms. The Anti-Stigma Forum brings awareness to mental health issues and helps educate the public on ways to support inclusiveness and end stigma.
– Sherry McRill, President & CEO, Northeast Guidance Center
At the end of the day we are talking about somebody’s mother, father, sister, brother, son or daughter. Someone we love. Mental health issues strike everyone and it doesn’t matter what zip code you live in; doesn’t matter how many degrees you have behind you; whether you’re white, black, rural, suburban, urban – it affects us all.
– Tom Watkins, President & CEO, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority
Northeast Guidance Center actively works to foster an inclusive environment that recognizes the value and contributions of all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.