This May, in support of Mental Health Awareness Month, partners across the County are joining forces to launch the #StigmaFreeSD campaign.
#StigmaFreeSD urges residents to talk openly about mental health and advocate that the stigma often associated with mental health conditions be replaced by hope, understanding, and support for recovery. The campaign aims to promote a stigma-free San Diego County that embraces more open, positive dialogue around mental illness and mental health.
There are two easy ways to participate:
The stigma associated with mental health conditions and the fear of judgement by one’s peers can cause disruption in a person’s life and relationships, deter individuals from seeking help, and may negatively compound the condition(s) they may already be trying to cope with. The main goal of the #StigmaFreeSD campaign is to utilize the platform of social media (i.e., Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) to foster constructive conversations around mental health conditions, reduce associated stigma, and inform and connect San Diegans to local resources available in the region such as the San Diego Access & Crisis Line and It’s Up to Us resources.
Join the movement and be a part of this local conversation! If you or your organization is on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter, we encourage you to post, share, and invite others to be involved along with you!
Shannon Jaccard, CEO of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Diego