Category Archives: Stigma Reduction

Stanislaus County Utilizing Promotoras to Improve Community Health

Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services in partnership with the Prevention and Early Intervention program funded by Proposition 63, the promotora network, comprised of 6 networks provide more than just cultural sensitivity services but aims to improve overall health of the community.

Read more here.

Faces of Mental Health

Sacramento County’s Mental Illness: it’s not always what you think billboard display was hoped to encourage people with mental illnesses to be seen as positive members of the community. An update on the county’s website states that the campaign has inspired more local residents who are living with mental illness to step forward and contribute their faces and stories to the campaign.

Read more and access the County’s website here.

African Americans – Mental Health Resources and Information

African Americans sometimes face barriers and have unmet mental health needs as a result. To reach out this community with helpful supports, NAMI has developed a section devoted to resources and mental health information.

The page includes the following:

The page discusses misunderstanding of mental health issues, lack of access and the positive influence of faith as a support to mental health, while recognizing the importance of professional help at times. In the area of such help, questions to help elicit the views of medical providers, and to create a higher level of culturally sensitive and responsive care, are included. Resources including NAMI’s Sharing Hope Program are also highlighted.

Read more here.

Mental Health Myths Harm the Asian American/Pacific Islander Communities

Myths that propagate the vision of Asian American and Pacific Islander people as impervious to mental health issues are dangerous to them and also hurtful to other people of color, according to Julie Feng, on website “The Body is Not an Apology.”  When faced with her own surprise at hearing of the mental health challenges of a friend, she challenged this response and, in this blog entry, delves into the stigma around mental health which prevents people in this community from discussing mental health challenges.

She challenges the view of Asian Americans as more self-contained than other races, not only as a form of benevolent racism that harms other people of color, but as a justification to continue pretending that these problems do not exist in the community. She discusses the number of people who need treatment but do not seek it, not only because treatment can be difficult to access because of barriers including language and knowledge, but also from shame.

Her heartfelt call to action includes an appeal to advocates including family, doctors, teachers and friends to be aware and ready to help. She invites everyone to take place in finding answers to these problems, first by making the commitment to do better.

Read the blog here.

Check out the Body is Not an Apology website here.

Latino Mental Health Fact Sheet

For a concise listing of many of the mental health issues confronting the Latino Community, check out the Info Sheet posted on the NAMI website.

Some of the issues discussed are the high levels of risk to the Latino Community in the areas of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. The higher level of attempted suicide among female Latino students is also discussed. Lack of access to treatment as a result of language barriers and discrimination are also highlighted, as well as a scarcity of Latino providers.

Read more here.

Ethnic Health Assessment for African Americans in California

This report contains a wealth of information and resources for anyone advocating for the positive health outcomes for the African American community in California. It was funded by the California Endowment as part of the Ethnic Health Assessment Project, which elicited reports on Latinos, African Americans, Asian-Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans, the four largest communities of color in the state. Stakeholders were queried as part of the process in order to  represent real-life experience from a variety of perspectives.

Read more here.

Together Against Stigma International Conference

The international mental health community gathered in San Francisco on February 18th – 20th, 2015, marking the first time the “Together Against Stigma” Conference was held in the United States since its inception in 2007. The 7th International Conference served as a platform for innovation and community dialogue amongst attendees, allowing mental health advocates from the United States and around the world to come together to tackle challenges, share promising practices and spotlight successes in advancing mental health around the globe. The conference was jointly hosted by the California Mental Health Services Authority
(CalMHSA), the World Psychiatric Association, the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions and the County Behavioral Health Directors Association.

Read the Conference Press Release HERE.

View the Conference Handouts HERE.

View Conference videos HERE.

Campaign to Change Direction

The Campaign to Change Direction was inspired by the discussion at the White House National Conference on Mental Health in 2013, which came on the heels of the Newtown tragedy. It asks people to learn the five signs of emotional suffering so you can recognize them in yourself or help a loved one who may be in emotional pain.

The five signs are:

  • withdrawal
  • agitation
  • hopelessness
  • decline in personal care
  • change in personality<
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    Someone may exhibit one or more signs.

    “Our mental health is just as vital as our physical health, so it’s time we start treating it that way.” – First Lady Michelle Obama

    Learn more about the campaign HERE.