What does being stigma free mean?
- Use respectful language when talking about a mental health condition
- Challenge misconceptions when you hear them
- Educate yourself and others on the importance of
- See the person, not their condition
- Offer support to others
Effects of stigma on a person with a mental health condition
- Mental health conditions are the leading cause of disability across the United States.
- People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and discrimination. This can make their journey to recovery longer and more difficult.
- Even though most people can be successfully treated, less than half of the adults in the U.S. who need services and treatment get the help they need.
- The average delay between the onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death of youth ages 15-24 and the tenth leading cause of death for all Americans.
- Take the StigmaFree pledge and encourage your friends and family to do the same!
- Go here to take a stand against stigma: Take the Pledge
To learn more go to: https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Take-the-stigmafree-Pledge/StigmaFree-Me