How does being a Mental Health Champion work exactly?
You sign up and we send you an email or text (whichever you prefer) once a week filled with positive, beautiful, helpful messages to share on social media. You can share what you want, when you want. The more posts you share the more you fight stigma. It's that easy.
Why focus on mental health stigma?
Mental health conditions affect how a person thinks or feels. One in five adults experiences a mental health condition every year, and one in seventeen lives with a serious condition such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
So, if mental health conditions are so common why are they so stigmatized? Experts say it's because people don't know enough about mental health, and don't see enough positive, supportive messages. Without those messages being shared, stigma is allowed to grow and grow. Stigma causes people to not seek treatment, and to often feel alone, embarrassed, and ashamed. But it doesn't have to be this way!
Who is behind the campaign?
Mental Health Champions is part of a nationwide effort to reduce stigma of mental health conditions. This campaign includes two other efforts:
Therapy Pets - The nation's pets spread simple messages of love and understanding about mental health. If you have a pet you can submit them to the campaign!
Each of these campaigns is managed by The Public Good Projects, with support from Kaiser Permanente.