As we focus on May as Mental Health Awareness Month, we know that there is a great deal of misunderstanding about mental illness. Unfortunately, negative attitudes and beliefs toward people who have a mental health condition are common. Although 1 in 4 people have some form of a mental health disorder, a recent study found that in Europe and the United States up to 75% of those affected don’t receive the treatment they need.
Too often people are reluctant to seek help because of the stigma attached to mental illness and are afraid to let anyone know they have an issue. Those most affected by the stigma are young people, those from minority ethnic groups, members of the military and healthcare professionals.
What can you do? Take the pledge to break the stigma. People across the country are finding innovative ways to start the mental health dialogues in their communities. In Charlotte, event organizers arranged a flash mob, photography, documentary video, and a pledge to break the stigma. For more information visit the National Institute of Mental Health website.
After you check out the videos below I think you’ll be willing to take the pledge.
I encourage you to join them on FB and Twitter and help break the stigma.