Attitudes and behaviors toward people with mental health and addiction issues
need to change.
We can end stigma by breaking the silence, changing the image of people associated with mental illness and addiction issues, and providing education on the dangers of stigma.
Ending stigma will help people:
* Seek the help they need
* Feel accepted, respected and equal
Offer Hope, Encouragement and Support!
Sharing stories of recovery, struggle or hope can correct misconceptions and stereotypes - it can help end stigma
If you are in recovery, or are currently experiencing issues related to mental health and addiction, you can help break the barrier of stigma by sharing your story. Friends and family members are also welcome to share their story of how stigma impacted their lives.