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:
- Bring Change 2 Mind
- The Carter Centre's Mental Health Programme
- California Mental Health Services Authority (CALMHSA) – California
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
Step by step guide is available here.
Get involved in the Australia
AMSA Mental Health is a campaign run by a team of medical students that aims to:
Get involved here.
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.
- Opening Minds / Mental Health Commission of Canada – Canada
- ONE OF US – Denmark
- See Me – Scotland
- Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes – Switzerland
- Time to Change Wales – Wales
- See Change – Ireland
- Niamh (NI Association for Mental Health) – Northern Ireland
- Bring Change 2 Mind – USA
- Hjärnkoll – Sweden
- Obertament – Catalonia, Spain
- 1 de cada 4 – Andalusia, Spain
- Samen Sterk Zonder Stigma – The Netherlands
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.