National Day Without Stigma is celebrated on October 7th of each year. The objective of National Day Without Stigma is to eliminate the shame and discrimination surrounding mental health disorders by creating communities of understanding, support, and help-seeking.
ActiveMinds.org suggests the following as a way to take action:
1. Watch Your Language.
We commonly hear the phrases “That’s so crazy!” or “She’s crazy!” Yet, every time we do that we attach folks with mental health disorders to all things unbelievable, ridiculous, negative, and sometimes dangerous. Also, remember that a person is not defined by his or her mental health disorder, so always put the person first. For example: Suzy has bipolar disorder. Suzy is not bipolar.
2. Chalk Your Support.
Join the National Day Without Stigma movement by chalking positive and supportive messages about mental health. Grab your chalk and download messages to use from our Electronic Action Kit.
3. Reach out.
Are you or someone you know struggling with a mental health issue? Speak up and reach out. Getting the right help can vastly improve the lives of people with mental health disorders. Search for mental health services yourself, call your primary care physician or local hospital, or call 1-800-273-TALK