Make a pledge to end stigma toward mental illness.
Each year, 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. struggles with a diagnosable mental illness. However, only about 1/3 of those suffering seek help. With greater public awareness we can help change negative attitudes that create barriers to access and utilization of mental health services.
At Tri-City Mental Health Services, we are committed to reducing stigma and discrimination and spreading the word that:
- Tri-City is now a comprehensive system of care, not just treatment for those who meet medical necessity—thus; we have room for everyone who comes through our doors.
- Social inclusion is the right of each person within their community; stigma reduction advocates for community understanding and compassion.
- We support safe, stable, affordable and supportive housing for all who need it. With housing resources, individuals and families increase their ability to achieve and maintain recovery and wellness.
You can help support these efforts by becoming a Mental Health Ambassador and making your own pledge to end discrimination and promote stigma reduction!
- Everyone: You can pledge to choose your words. Using descriptions like “crazy” and casual uses of “bipolar” or “psycho” are hurtful to someone already struggling with mental health challenges.
- Young People: You can pledge to stand up for people who are being mistreated because of their mental differences.
- Parents and Family Members: You can pledge to listen with compassion and learn more about your loved one’s challenges.
- Medical Care Providers: You can pledge to talk with your patients about their mental health and provide referrals as needed.
- Landlords and Employers: You can pledge to provide reasonable accommodations for people living with mental health challenges.
Make your pledge today. Click HERE