My name is Autumn
"People don’t understand, it’s not a character flaw, it’s not a choice. I am a human being with goals, dreams, thoughts, aspirations."
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My Name is Jordan
“It was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in my life … I don’t know where I would be without the people I met, without the help I got.”
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My name is Tajuanna
“If you have mental health issues it will be okay. You will be okay.”
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My name is Zach
“Mental illness can be anybody. Even those you least expect.”
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Understand Stigma

Stigma is a major barrier to people struggling with mental health and substance use feeling included in their community and getting the help they need.

Upcoming Events & Recordings of Past Events

We invite you to attend our WISE Coalition meetings and special events. Meetings are free and most take place virtually. Recordings of past Coalition meetings can be found by clicking “view all.”

End Stigma Together: The WISE Approach

WISE – Initiative for Stigma Elimination, is dedicated to reducing oppression related to mental illness by building resilience, inclusion, and hope for mental health and addiction in all communities.

~World Health Organization
“Stigma is a major cause of discrimination and exclusion and it contributes to the abuse of human rights.”
~SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
“Substance use disorder is among the most stigmatized conditions in the US and around the world. People do not want to work with, be related to, or even see people with a substance use disorder in public..”
~Center for Addiction and Mental Health
“Health care providers, like the general public, are not immune to stigmatizing attitudes and practices. This can drive people away from seeking help for their mental health, physical health, or substance use issues.”