Every year during Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Northeast Integrated Health and CNS Healthcare cohost an Anti-Stigma Forum on a topic that addresses the stigma of mental health and why people don’t ask for help. In 2017 we brought in Theresa Flores, founder of SOAP (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) who spoke of modern-age sex trafficking. Death from drug overdoses (both prescription and illegal) was addressed in 2018 by Ken Daniels, founder of the Jamie Daniels Foundation. This year, suicide prevention and treatment was a topic that people don’t know enough about and are hesitant to discuss.
#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 Integrated Health
Northeast Integrated Health 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.