Salons at Stowe
May 16, 2013
How prevalent is mental illness in our community? Is mental health treatment accessible to all? How can we support individuals and families struggling with mental health issues?
Sara Frankel, J.D., National Alliance on Mental Illness
Harold L. Schwartz, M.D., Hartford Hospital Institute of Living
Inspiration to Action:
- Consider your language: don't label someone as "psychotic," but recognize the individual living with the illness.
- Join the NAMI Walk in 2014 and Stomp Out Stigma.
- Work to get mental health awareness curriculum in schools.
- Teach empathy.
- Encourage early intervention.
- Work to ensure follow through on screening diagnosis.
- provide support for military returning from service.
- Speak out against violence.
- Work to bring a public face to mental illness - individuals living with mental illness can demonstrate positive experiences.
- Provide access to services - make it easier to get treatment.
- Advocate for a mental health system that actually works.
- Emphasize the collective cost of stigmatization.
- If you have a management position or are in a position of authority, give someone a chance.
- Keep the discussion going.
- Define mental illness within the context of cultural norms.
- Help someone that doesn't have a support system.
- Educate yourself on issues, tell your legislators to do better.
- Practice empathy.
Explore the links featured on our Takeaway Sheet for more information and ways you can take action!