Let’s Help End the Mental Health Stigma!
Mental health is a hot topic these days. Unfortunately, equating mental health issues with violence and danger seems to be more prevalent than having constructive discussions. That perception and attitude sure won’t help end the mental health stigma.
Glenn Close and her family are trying to combat those stereotypes, through the organization they co-founded, BringChange2Mind (BC2M). Their goal is to end the mental health stigma (and the discrimination that accompanies it), and the path to achieving that goal begins with simply talking about it.
Getting the issue of mental health out in the open and having healthy, productive conversations about it helps raise awareness and educate people so that they develop a better understanding as well as empathy.
BringChange2Mind also acts as a portal to a broad coalition of organizations that provide service, screening, information, support, and treatment for mental illness.
BringChange2Mind and the #MindOurFuture Campaign
BringChange2Mind wants to create a movement — with your help. You can join the #MindOurFuture campaign to help end the fear, the shame, and the misunderstanding of mental health issues.
Mental health issues can be difficult to talk about, for a variety of reasons. While some may be unfamiliar with mental health, many feel uncomfortable discussing the topic. That’s why a simple conversation is the best way to start. And that conversation can transform the narrative of mental health — from a mental health stigma to a message of hope.
That conversation will allow us — all of us — to rise to the occasion and be remembered forever for ending the mental health stigma, once and for all!
How Can You Help End the Mental Health Stigma?
Through the #MindOurFuture campaign, BringChange2Mind is asking people to share their stories — their mental health stories about helping someone, or about reaching out for help, during a mental health struggle.
Taking part is easy — and the benefits can be enormous. Sharing your story can help someone else who is struggling, and hearing someone else’s story can help you as well. No matter how you look at it, it’s a win-win.
Submit your Video by February 29th
You can submit your video on YouTube through February 29. Don’t forget to tag #MindOurFuture. The BringChange2Mind team will select a handful of submissions that will be featured in their national PSA!
*If you or someone you know needs immediate help, please call the Crisis Hotline: 800.273.TALK (8255).
Today’s conversation on Mental Health Stigma was brought to you by BringChange2Mind (BC2M)