Written By: Public Good Projects
One in five adults experiences a mental health condition each year. That one person could be your next-door neighbor, your spouse, your co-worker, or even yourself. But only a small handful actually seek help. Why? Mental health stigma. Whether it’s afraid of being judged or fearing the impact of sharing a mental health condition, stigma is the number one reported reason people don’t seek treatment.
But together we can do something about it. We all have a role to play when it comes to supporting our community members who have a mental health condition: We check in with our friends in good times and bad; we’re there when someone needs a listening ear; we understand that mental health conditions are real and treatable medical conditions.
One of the best ways we can change the conversation about mental health is simply by talking about it, whether it be face-to-face or through a computer screen. The more people know about mental health and the real-life individuals who struggle with it, the more accepting and less stigmatizing mental health will be. Sharing our stories about mental health gives a face to mental health conditions that often stay hidden. These stories have a powerful way of showing that people with mental health conditions are really no different from anyone else.
Be a part of that change and share your story with WhatMakesUs, an effort from The Wellbeing Partners and PGP (The Public Good Projects) to reduce mental health stigma and create healthier, happier, communities across the Greater Omaha and Council Bluffs area.
Many things make us who we are — our likes, our dislikes, our relationships, just to name a few — but our mental health conditions certainly do not. Learn more about WhatMakesUs at whatmakesus.com and share what makes you, you today. Interested in more resources to fight mental health stigma? Reach out to email@example.com for further campaign information.