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Discrimination & Stigma
Stigma is not just the use of the wrong word or action. Stigma is about disrespect. It is the use of negative labels to identify a person living with mental illness. Stigma is a barrier and discourages individuals and their families from getting the help they need due to the fear of being discriminated against. An estimated 50 million Americans experience a mental disorder in any given year and only one-fourth of them actually receive mental health and other services.more facts...
Know me as a person not by my mental illness
We are your friends, neighbors, and family.
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We improve and recover.
We are major contributors to American life.
We deserve dignity and respect.