Mental illness is a medical condition. Children and adults with mental illness should receive the same care and consideration as anyone who suffers from a physical condition. As a society, we should accept and embrace them, rally and support them just as we do in cases of other medical illness.
Stigma Reduction Programs
No Stigma No Barriers - California Youth Connection, PEERS, Youth In Mind, and Young Minds Advocacy; Mission: to facilitate the direct engagement of transition age youth (TAY), ages 16 to 28, with California’s state and local mental health systems. Funded by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), this youth-led collaborative conducts Outreach, Training, and Advocacy activities at the state and local levels to improve outcomes among TAY.
Public Service Announcements - Crossings TV Public Service Announcements
This Is My Brave - Community Performances to Reduce Stigma
Mission: To end the stigma surrounding mental illness by shining a light on mental health issues through artistic expression (spoken word poetry, original music and essay readings). This Is My Brave is the leading platform for individuals with lived experience to share their stories of living successful lives despite a diagnosis of a mental illness in front of a live audience. We have a national reach, serving various cities where we are able to identify a volunteer producer to lead the effort to create a This Is My Brave performance for their community. Our reach is extended through the professional videotaping of each performance, which we then upload to our public YouTube channel for all to access.
California Strategic Plan on Reducing Mental Health Stigma and Discrimination
California Mental Health Stigma-Reduction Campaign Creates Economic Benefits for the State, Rand Corporation 2016
Wisconsin teens are changing the mental health conversation from illness to wellness to lessen stigma, Journal Sentinal Online, Oct. 2017
9 Ways to Fight Mental Illness Stigma, NAMI
Strategies for Reducing Stigma, World Psychiatry
California Strategic Plan on Reducing Mental Health Stigma and Discrimination , CALMHSA 2009