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Mental Illness Week AgendaWhat You Can Do …

Click on the poster or HERE to become #StigmaFree and engage in the following:

TAKE THE #STIGMAFREE PLEDGE:

Go to NAMI and promise publicly to do what you can to erase the stigma of mental illness in our society.  Doing so creates intention, responsibility and accountability.

LEARN ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS:

Check out mental illness information at these sites:

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Mental Disorders and Conditions (DSM) via PsychCentral

U.S. Department of Health Services (DHS)

BONUS:  Mental Health and The YoungHuffington Post article which outlines the need and how our country is addressing mental illness among our children and young people.

BECOME AN ADVOCATE: 

Volunteer with your local mental health organizations, hospital treatment programs, or with a community organization.

Speak out (now that you know facts instead of assumptions) when you hear others misrepresent mental illness and those who suffer from it.

Act politically to support and pass legislation which provides real support for funding and fair treatment within the law for those who suffer from mental illness.

That’s enough to do today:) … I’ll have more tomorrow …

Trying to remember to take my own advice in the Heartland ….

John

NOTE FYI:  In addition to being a Board Certified Coach (BCC), I am also maintain standing as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Master Addiction Counselor (MAC).  In the past, I was a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri.  I have worked in both volunteer and paid positions in Texas and Missouri providing education, advocacy, assessment, and treatment.  

Yes, I have some skin in this game …

Become #StigmaFree This Week …


NAMI StigmaFree

Now more than ever, mental illness is part of the national discussion, as decisions are made on how to move forward to address societal concerns.

However, mental illness is also an intensely personal issue which affects people, their families and friends, and our local communities.  This is not something happening to someone else far, far away. 

We owe it to ourselves, our families, and our communities to join in this conversation and to speak from a place of knowing, and not from a place of ignorance and fear.

The message this week is pretty simple:  Lead through example as you publicly commit to learn more about mental illness and how you can help.

Start or continue your process by clicking on the image above or GO HERE to begin your learning process by promising to be #Stigmafree about those who suffer from mental illness.

Join me … I signed on to educate myself so I can be part of the solution in the Heartland ….

John