Changing the stigma and shame of mental illness is important to me. You see, mental illness affected my family. My dad left home when I was 4 years old. I didn’t really know why. Nobody told me what was going on. The fact is that he was in and out of mental hospitals. I didn’t know that though until I was in high school. That’s because stigma and shame so surrounded anything relating to conditions of the mind that people just didn’t talk about it. There were no “Hallmark” cards saying “Hope you get over your latest psychotic break soon.” These conditions were shrouded in shame. Unfortunately, in many instances, they still are. It’s time for us to bring that to an end. I invite you to watch my video on:
Let’s band together to eliminate this stigma and shame. Share your story with me. Thank you.
Read my article on Beating the Odds
and my blog post on Stigma Takes Lives.
- How Can The Hallowell Centers Help?
- National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Join NAMI’s Stigma Free Pledge
- Families for Depression Awareness
- FDA Fact Stress & Depression Fact Sheet
- 2018 Awareness Calendar
Click here to learn more about my Memoir: Because I Come From A Crazy Family The Making of A Psychiatrist.