I’m opposing discrimination against people with mental illness in the workplace and in the community.
I’m battling against negative labels ‘MAD, NUTTER, CRAZY’ and stereotypes portrayed in the media … in movies, TV, newspapers and magazines.
My Message of HOPE:
I’m shouting to the world … You can RECOVER from the grips of mental illness and live a happy, healthy functional life … I did.
To humanize the face of mental illness and work towards changing HOW people perceive mental illness and mental health ….
Through sharing my gutsy story of RECOVERY… Read #20 pages here > Me and Her: a Memoir of Madness
My pro-active campaign delivers messages of recovery and hope via public speaking, presenting mental health workshops, blogging, creating magazine articles and thought provoking interviews in the media.
#10 Ways to Fight the Stigma of Mental Illness
1. Share your recovery story and personal experiences with mental illness with those around you.
2. Support, respect and accept people who have mental illness.
3. Initiate conversations in the workplace about mental health.
4. Raise awareness of mental health issues through education.
5. Promote positive attitudes toward mental health and mental illness.
6. Stop using degrading words about people with mental illness.
7. Remember mental illness can happen to anyone, anywhere, of any age.
8. Become aware of the issues and disadvantages people face. Acknowledge people with mental illness are entitled to the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.
9. Lead by example. Display positive behaviours towards mental illness and mental health.
10. Utilize social media to spread positive messages of respect, Hope and recovery.
Brisbane Lions AFL football club supports an anti-stigma campaign… Please watch this video…
‘If you want to make a difference…Treat them like a mate… Help us tackle the stigma of mental illness.’
We ALL can make a difference… Let’s STOP discrimination people face every day…
Which anti-stigma tactics do you agree with?
What are YOU doing to help stamp out stigma?
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