Mass. Aims To Reduce Stigma Around Mental Health

Mass. Aims To Reduce Stigma Around Mental Health

mental healthThe stigma around mental health can affect individuals with mental disorders as well as their relatives.

Massachusetts will provide $8 million to 22 organizations offering mental and behavioral health services.  The National Alliance on Mental Illness Massachusetts is launching an anti-stigma campaign.

The NAMI will participate in breaking the stigmas associated with mental health by capturing  200 personal stories of people who have experienced mental illness and its affects.   There is a lot of silence and shame around mental disorders, people just really need to feel accepted and not judged for having a mental disorder.

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that one in four adults, approximately 58 million Americans, experience a mental health disorder in a given year.  Mental disorders are not uncommon and people that suffer from them need treatment.  Spreading awareness and acceptance will help break the stigma of mental health disorders.

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