What is #StigmaFree?

I-am-stigma-free-300x300NAMI offers the understanding that only those with the lived experience of mental illness can provide. Together with its grassroots volunteers, NAMI works every day to provide help and hope to millions of Americans. When we take care of mental health, we can all see the benefits. Individuals, companies, organizations and others can all take the #StigmaFree pledge to (1) learn more about mental illness, (2) to see a person for who they are and (3) take action on mental health issues. Take the pledge and raise awareness.

Remember these three steps:

Step 1: Educate Yourself and Others

Everyone knows a little about mental health issues but knowing the facts about mental illness can help you educate others and reject stigmatizing stereotypes. They are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Understanding mental health isn’t only about being able to identify symptoms and having a name for these conditions but dispelling many false ideas about mental health conditions as well.

Step 2: See the Person and Not the Illness

1 in 5 Americans live with a mental health condition and each of them has their own story, path and journey that says more about them than their diagnoses. Whether you live with mental illness or are a friend, family member, care giver or medical professional getting to know a person and treating them with kindness and empathy means far more than just knowing what they are going through.

Step 3: Take Action on Mental Health Issues

Our mental health care systems have been in crisis for far too long and often keep treatment and recovery out of the hands of many who need it. We can take action now as we push for better legislation and policies to improve lives for everyone. By lending your support you can show that this cause important to you and desperately needed for millions of Americans.

Learn More at https://www.nami.org/stigma#whatisstigmafree

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