We believe the negative stigma surrounding mental health can change. Our goal is that the conversation about depression and suicide would be encouraging and honest, that those who need help could attain it, that people who struggle would know they are not alone. But this won’t happen overnight, nor will it be achieved through one person. One of the goals of National Suicide Prevention Week is to inform and enable groups of people to actively pursue such change—together. Which is why we asked you…
HOW ARE YOU AND YOUR COMMUNITY WORKING TO CHANGE THE STIGMAS OF MENTAL HEALTH?
“By participating in the Stride to Prevent Suicide 5k held in our community and raising awareness about suicide, it’s no longer a “dirty word.” Stephanie, 34
“Personally, I have become open about what I’ve struggled with. Depression, anxiety, self-harm… All it takes is one person to tell someone they’re not alone.”
“We can do this by promoting weeks like National Suicide Prevention Week and educating people of the giant effect that it has on the world.”
“I’m studying to become a professional counselor, and I try to correct stigmatizing attitudes and statements when I hear them. I’ve also done an Out of the Darkness community walk, and I would like to do another one.” Katie, 24