My Take - Mental Health Awareness

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the rest of the country are raising awareness of mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

In 2018, NAMI will promote the theme of "CureStigma" throughout all awareness events, including Mental Health Month. Why is this cause so important?: One in 5 Americans is affected by mental health conditions. Stigma is toxic to their mental health because it creates an environment of shame, fear and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment.

The perception of mental illness won’t change unless we act to change it. The campaign manifesto is: There’s a virus spreading across America. It harms the 1 in 5 Americans affected by mental health conditions. It shames them into silence. It prevents them from seeking help. And in some cases, it takes lives. What virus are we talking about? It’s stigma.

Stigma against people with mental health conditions. But there’s good news. Stigma is 100% curable. Compassion, empathy and understanding are the antidote. Your voice can spread the cure. You can join NAMI and that can make a difference.

I’m Dave Thomason, that’s my take, what’s yours?

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