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#StigmaFreeFishers: Take the Pledge

Stigmatizing attitudes toward individuals with mental health challenges are widespread and commonly held. Stigmas keep individuals struggling in isolation without networks of support and/or appropriate treatment.

In Fishers, we've championed this collaborative mental health initiative in an effort to raise awareness of the mental health challenges that exist in our community and ensure that our residents have access to resources that will both prevent crises and help individuals when crises occur. In order to make real strides on this front, we must become a stigma-free community.

Join this important effort by taking the #StigmaFreeFishers pledge, and visiting our Tumblr page to submit your story about mental health. Once you've made the pledge, download a flyer and share a selfie to help spread the word.

Here's How:

Step 1: Learn About Mental Health

Knowing the facts about mental illness can help you to educate others and reject stigmatizing stereotypes. Visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website to learn more about mental health conditions, warning signs, and how to offer help to friends and loved ones who may be dealing with mental health challenges.

Step 2: See the Person, Not the Illness

While 1 in 5 Americans live with a mental health condition, their diagnoses doesn’t tell their personal story. Don’t let a mental health condition stop you from getting to know a person and treating them with kindness and empathy.

Step 3: Take Action

Show your support for those struggling with mental health in our community by sharing your pledge to be stigma free. If you want to do even more, sign up to be a #StigmaFreeFishers Ambassador.

Additional Resources

5 Ways You May be Perpetuating Mental Health Stigma without Knowing It
Labels are for Jars, Not People
National Alliance on Mental Illness