Stop The Stigma Awareness Campaign

Stop The Stigma Awareness Campaign

We need your help to change the way people think and act about mental health problems globally. 

Stop The Stigma - Get Involved Globally                                                              

The stigma around mental health harms the 1 in 5 Americans affected by mental health conditions. It shames them into silence and prevents them from seeking help.Through powerful words and actions, we can shift the social and systemic barriers for those living with mental health conditions.

Join thousands of campaigners in workplaces, schools, communities and online who are making stigma and discrimination a thing of the past.

 

Get involved in the U.S. 

The StigmaFree campaign is NAMI’s effort to end stigma and create hope for those affected by mental illness. 


StigmaFree Me Initiative 

Many people living with mental health conditions don’t feel comfortable talking to their friends and family about what they’re dealing with. Those living with a mental health condition don’t want it any more than a person would want a broken leg. But focused thought and effort can’t make depression go away, just as focusing on healing won’t fix a shattered bone.

To change this harmful status quo, NAMI is asking everyone to take our StigmaFree Pledge. Building a movement for change will require commitments from individuals, businesses, organizations, campuses and churches, as well as others.

Get involved here

 

StigmaFree Company Initiative 

StigmaFree Company is NAMI’s partnership initiative to challenge, highlight and cultivate a company culture of caring and enhanced engagement around mental health.  By being a StigmaFree Company and prioritizing mental health as a workplace and community priority, you will help:

  • Increase productivity and promote a healthier work environment;
  • Decrease the impact of disability;
  • Increase retention and engagement of valued employees; and
  • Strengthen your company brand by linking to a cause that resonates with so many.

 Get involved here

 

Further campaigns in the US:

 

Get involved in the U.K.

Negative attitudes stop people with mental health problems getting the help and support they need. Time to Change Champions use their experience of mental health problems to change the way people think and act about mental health.

Become a Mental Health Champion


Being a champion is a flexible and voluntary commitment. You can do what you have time for, and what you’re comfortable doing.

There are lots of ways to be a Champion, including:

  • Having conversations about mental health with the people around you – whether that’s your mum, a mate or the postman – and talking about your experience.
  • Running a Time to Change activity in a café, train station or in your workplace.
  • Telling your story online or in the media.
  • Speaking up when people say stereotypical or damaging things about mental health

Sign up to become a Champion here

Get your employer to sign the Time to Change pledge

It’s never been more important to tackle mental health stigma in the workplace, but it can be hard to know how to encourage your employer to get involved. With our resources, you can persuade your employer to take action by signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge.

Step by step guide is available here

 

Get involved in the Australia 

AMSA

AMSA Mental Health is a campaign run by a team of medical students that aims to:

  • Decrease stigma and increase awareness and mental health literacy regarding mental health issues amongst medical students
  • Promote preventative measures to improve coping strategies and resilience
  • Enable and empower students to look out for their peers and colleagues and take action
  • Facilitate improved access to and uptake of mental health services

Get involved here.  

Beyond Blue

3 million Australians are living with anxiety or depression. Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Further programs in Australia

 

Get involved in New Zealand 

Like minds, like mine

1 in 5 New Zealanders will experience mental illness this year. That's a lot of Kiwis – it could be you, your family, workmates or friends.

One of the biggest challenges for people experiencing mental illness is stigma and discrimination. It can feel like a constant, heavy weight that makes life more challenging.

Striking up a kōrero/conversation with someone who is going through a tough time can feel awkward, so just keep it simple. Just ask, “I’ve noticed you don’t seem yourself lately. Are you ok?" Try not to jump in with your opinion and advice. Just whakarongo/listen to what they say. For more tips on how you can tautoko/support someone, go to www.likeminds.org.nz/justask.

Further programs in New Zealand

 

Global Anti-Stigma Alliance

The Global Anti-Stigma Alliance (GASA) was founded in 2012 to share learning, methodologies, best practice, materials, and the latest evidence in order to achieve better outcomes for people facing stigma and discrimination related to mental health issues.

 

We are keen to keep our list updated. Do you know of a charity or organisation that's main purpose is to spread mental health awareness and fight the stigma? Let us know via email.