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May 2018

Mental Health Month: Cure Stigma

Know the Facts

Mental Health Treatment

May is Mental Health Month

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.

Educate Yourself and Others

Most of us know a little about mental health issues, but knowing the facts can help you educate others and reject stigmatizing stereotypes. Mental illness is not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Understanding mental health isn't only about being able to identify symptoms and having a name for conditions, but about dispelling false ideas about mental health conditions as well.

Mental Health Treatment
You’ve decided to get help. That itself is a big step. Treatment for mental illnesses varies for each individual. For some, seeing a therapist, taking medication or going to a support group may be the right fit. It’s up to you to find the options that best works for you. It may take some time to find the right treatment or combination of treatments. When you do, the results can be truly amazing and life-changing.
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