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Placer4MentalHealth Mission

Give Placer County the knowledge that is necessary to reduce mental health stigma and discrimination at both the personal and systemic level.

End Mental Health Stigma

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What is stigma and why is it
such an important topic?

Stigma surrounding mental health is a major concern. One in four people globally will experience a mental health issue at some point in their life. Despite this, many people with mental illness face shame and discrimination. This makes them feel lonely and embarrassed and prevents them from seeking help. The stigma also leads to limited funding and access to quality care. We must take action to break the cycle of poor mental health outcomes. It's crucial that we work together to reduce the stigma and provide support to those affected by mental illness. Let's raise awareness, educate ourselves and others, and promote an inclusive society where mental health is accepted and treated with dignity and respect. Together, we can create a better future for those struggling with mental health issues.

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Injured military veteran discusses issues with a mental health professional and other veterans during a group therapy session.

Mental illness is an illness

To better understand mental health stigma and discrimination, one must understand mental health.  One of the main causes of stigma and discrimination is the misconception behind the person or illness being stigmatized. The most important part of understanding illness is that it does not discriminate. Illnesses come in different shapes, sizes, and in anyone. Mental illness is an illness of the brain which is an organ just like the heart or the kidney. Just like any other illness, it can put a strain on peoples lives and health. An illness of the brain affects judgement, emotions, and behavior which can be life threatening and scary which is why people who have lived experience with mental illness deserve support and respect just like anyone else with an illness.

"We can create a more inclusive
and understanding society"

Language is a powerful tool that can play a significant role in reducing stigma and discrimination among people living with mental illness. By choosing words that are respectful, accurate, and non-judgmental, we can create a more inclusive and understanding society. For example, instead of using words like "crazy" or "insane," we can use terms like "person living with mental illness" or "person with a mental health condition." This shift in language not only acknowledges the individual's humanity but also helps to remove negative connotations associated with mental illness.

In addition, language can also be used to challenge harmful attitudes and beliefs about mental illness. Through education, awareness campaigns, and open and honest conversations, we can work towards creating a more inclusive and accepting society for everyone, including those living with mental illness.

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