Eradicating Stigma

Anti StigmaMental health disorders affect one in five Americans in any year. Despite the prevalence of these disorders, there remains much denial, misunderstanding and discrimination. Myths persist that ignore the reality of mental health disorders:

  • Mental health disorders are real, treatable disorders.
  • Mental health disorders can affect anyone, regardless of race, age, or sex.
  • Individuals suffering from mental health disorders deserve the same opportunities for treatment and recovery as physical illnesses.


Instead, people with mental health disorders are often the subject of negative stereotypes, skepticism, ridicule and even fear. This stigma prevents many individuals from acknowledging their problem and seeking treatment. It interferes with recovery, a process that benefits the individual as well as the community.

One of the goals of the Mississippi Association of Community Mental Health Centers is to help eradicate stigma and discriminatory practices associated with mental health disorders. MACMHC promotes education, advocacy, and awareness of mental health disorders. We believe that having well-informed communities is paramount. Please join us in combating the damaging effects of stigma and educating others through accurate information about mental health disorders.


For more information, visit www.samhsa.gov (U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) or www.nami.org (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

CMHCs

Community Health CentersIf you or a loved one are in need of our services or would like to inquire about services available, please contact your regional community mental health center. Click here for regional listings.

Mental Health First Aid

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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the initial help given to someone developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis before the appropriate professional or other assistance can be engaged. Call your regional CMHC and schedule the training today!  Find out more...