We are celebrating mental health month again here at NAMI Thurston-Mason!
We challenge you to take the STIGMA FREE pledge! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org once you’ve taken the pledge, and we’ll send you a free NAMI t-shirt!
What does taking the StigmaFree Pledge mean?
It just takes a few seconds to fill out the form on NAMI National’s site HERE, but the social impact can change the lives of millions of people affected by mental illness.
The StigmaFree Pledge is a simple 3-step oath that you will commit to change your understanding of mental health.
1. I Pledge that I will learn about Mental Health Issues.
Everyone knows a little about mental health issues, but knowing the actual facts about mental illness can help you reject stigmatizing stereotypes. Mental illness is not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Understand mental health isn’t just about identifying symptoms and naming conditions – it’s about dispelling false ideas about mental health conditions as well.
2. I pledge that I will see the person and not the illness.
1 in 5 Americans live with a mental health condition and each of them has their own story, path and journey. Their story tell more about them than their diagnosis. Whether you live with mental illness, or are a friend, family member, caregiver or medical professional, taking the time to hear a person’s story and treating them with kindness is the first step to ending the personal stigma that surrounds the narrative of mental illness.
3. I pledge that I will take action on Mental Health Issues.
Our mental health care system is in crisis, and often treatment and recovery are unavailable to many who need it most. Taking action and calling for better mental health legislation and policies can improve the lives of those affected by mental illness. Lend your support by showing that this cause is important to you.
Take pictures of you wearing a StigmaFree shirt and send them to email@example.com and we will post it on our site and Facebook! All we need is your shirt size, and we’ll send it to you!
Also, challenge 5 other people and/or a business and you will get a cool bling covered reusable grocery bag 😎
Thank you for supporting NAMI Thurston-Mason this year to help end the stigma that surrounds mental health, and to help us provide support, education and inspiration to those who need it most in our community.