My name is Briden
“Getting treatment is one of the most profound and amazing ways I’ve helped myself in life.”
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My name is Steve
“It’s not a DIY project, mental health and behavioral health. You do need outside help a lot of times.”
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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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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.

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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.”
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