As I said last week I will be highlighting different campaigns going on during mental health awareness month. Last week I highlighted Mental Health America’s campaign, B4Stage4. This week I will be highlighting National Alliance on Mental Health’s (NAMI) campaign, Stigma Free Pledge.
NAMI is a great resource for information on mental health. Their website provides some great infographics with lots of information! They also have walks all over the country that you can participate in. This year for mental health awareness month they are fighting the stigma that mental illness’s carry with them. Through their Stigmafree campaign they are asking everyone to sign their pledge to do the following three things:
- Learn about mental health – educate myself and others
- See the person not the illness- strive to listen, understand, tell my own story
- Take action – spread the word, raise awareness, make a difference.
I encourage EVERYONE to sign the pledge!
Living with a mental illness is hard enough but dealing with the stigma that comes along with it, can be just as hard. No one wants to feel different or left out. This happens all too often with mental illnesses. Having a mental illness doesn’t mean you are weird or even different. We are ALL people and deserve to be treated as such no matter what our mental health status is. Mental illness should not be looked at any different than a medical illness. Both are extremely important!