The Anti-Stigma Collaborative
The purpose of WillFindHope.org is to foster understanding of behavioral health and reduce the stigma attached to behavioral health illness while supporting community collaboration around these issues. A supportive community environment allows adolescents and adults to support friends and family members who may be experiencing mental health problems.
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What is Stigma as it relates to mental health?
The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health defines stigma as “a cluster of negative attitudes and beliefs that motivate the general public to fear, reject, avoid, and discriminate against people with mental illness.”
Why is Stigma such an important issue?
Stigma affects more people than you think, and has a greater impact on younger people. And when people feel stigmatized, they are less likely to seek the help they need to live a fuller, happier, more productive life.