This year’s theme for Mental Health Month is Cure Stigma. It is a call to action to change the perception of mental illness. Companion Benefit Alternatives (CBA)
is proud to stand with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
in promoting the Cure Stigma theme.
If you or someone you love has a mental health condition, you are not alone. Millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness each year. It is important to remember that mental illnesses are common and treatable. It is also important to remember that people living with mental illness are everyday people leading meaningful lives.
What is Stigma?
Stigma is when someone views you in a negative way because you have a certain condition or quality. Sadly, negative attitudes and beliefs toward people who have a mental health condition are common. People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and even discrimination.
Stigma can cause significant problems. It creates an environment of shame, fear and silence. Stigma often prevents people from seeking help and treatment
Replacing Stigma with Understanding
Mental Health Month is a time to talk about ways to Cure Stigma. One way to decrease stigma is through understanding. Each person with mental illness has their own story, path and journey. Every day people overcome the challenges of mental illness to do the things they enjoy.
Getting to know a person and treating them with kindness and empathy is something we can all do to eliminate stigma and change the perception of mental illness.