One in four Americans are living with mental illness and 22 million have a substance use disorder. Yet, misconception and misinformation have left many people with behavioral health needs afraid to seek the help they need to recover.
In fact, less than one-third of those with a mental health issue will get help.
At Beacon, we hope to change these statistics. By eliminating barriers to care, educating people about the benefit of help seeking behavior and promoting recovery and resiliency, we will Stamp Out Stigma.
The Stamp Out Stigma campaign works to remove stigma as a barrier for people seeking the care they need to recover from mental illness or substance use disorders.
Stamp Out Stigma was developed by ValueOptions and is now adopted by a national sponsor the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness, Beacon and other companies in the health care industry.
The campaign commits our organization and others to recognize the prevalence of behavioral health disorders and to reeducate ourselves and others on the truths of mental illness and substance use.
When we do this, we reduce the stigma and we transform the guarded whispers to a meaningful conversation.
It starts with you, your community, your organization. You can help affect change; we have developed a toolkit to help you increase your own awareness or launch your own campaign.
Beacon Health Options is committed to removing the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Join us as we stamp out this too-frequent barrier to seeking care.
To learn more or take the pledge to stamp out stigma, visit the Stamp Out Stigma website or access the Stamp Out Stigma resources below.
- Toolkit Overview
- Personal Story Interview Tips
- Person-Centric Language Guide
- 2017 National Mental Health Observances
- Employee Message
- Pledge and Logo
- Talking Points
- Business Case
- Additional resources to assist your campaign:
- National Alliance on Mental Illness’ StigmaBusters
- Promote Acceptance: A Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated With Mental Health
- The American Journal of Public Health will release a landmark issue devoted to articles on stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses in May