Challenging the stigma of mental illness


AS WE CONTINUE THE CONVERSAON ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE THIRD STEP OF THE BE NICE ACTION PLAN. SPECIFICALLY HOW WE CAN CHALLENGE THE STIGMA OF MENTAL ILLNESS. OUR GUESTS ARE HERE TO TALK TO US ABOUT THIS. CHALLENGE IS A BIG STEP. WE ARE BEING PUSHED TO DO SOMETHING. DO I REALLY UNDERSTAND AND KNOW WHAT A MENTAL HEALTH DISORDER IS? DO I KNOW HOW I AM TALKING ABOUT IT OUT IN THE COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC? DO I HAVE A FACTS AND INFORMATION? AND BY STIGMATIZING PEOPLE? SOME OF THESE THINGS COULD BE THROUGH HURTFUL STATEMENTS THAT WE SAY. YOU HAVE A LIST OF PHRASES. SOMETIMES THESE WORDS ROLL OFF OF OUR TIME WITHOUT THINKING ABOUT IT. GET OVER IT, I FEEL SO SAD YOU MUST BE BIPOLAR. BIPOLAR DISORDER IS AN ILLNESS. TO USE THAT IN THE SAME SENTENCE TO DESCRIBE SOMEBODY’S MOOD IN GENERAL, THAT IS STIGMATIZING AND MISINFORMATION. THAT IS A BIG PART OF THIS MONTH ALSO IS BECOMING AWARE AND MAKING SURE THAT I PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT I AM SAYING. YOU LOST YOUR BROTHER TO A BATTLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. YOU ARE PART OF HELPING TO BRING THE ACTION PLAN INTO SCHOOLS. WHY HAVE YOU DECIDED THAT THIS IS SO IMPORTANT? EVERYBODY DEALS WITH PERSONAL TRAGEDY. WE FELT THAT THIS WAS THE BEST WAY TO BE ABLE TO KEEP DAVID IN EVERYBODY’S MRY. TO TAKE ACTION IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS AND HOPEFULLY IMPACT SOME OTHER FAMI AND AWAY THAT WOULD PREVENT THAT FROM HAPPENING TO THEM. THESE ARE COMMUNITY-BASED FUNDS THAT ARE ESTABLISHED AND EARMARKS SO THEY SERVE THE STUDENTS IN THE COMMUNITY WHERE THEY ARE RAISED. WE HAVE SEVERAL ONES THROUGHOUT WEST MICHIGAN. THIS ENGAGES SCHOOLS. IT MAKES THE PRICE POINT EASY TO AFFORD. ADDITIONALLY, STIGMA IS A NUMBER ONE BARRIER TO PEOPLE SEEKING TREATMENT. FOR A FAMILY WHO HAS LOST SOMEONE TO SUICIDE, THERE IS STIGMA. FAMILIES ENGAGING, THEY ARE OVERCOMING STIGMA. NO MATTER HOW SOMEBODY DIES, WE NEED TO BE TALKING ABOUT THE ILLNESSES THAT TOOK THEIR LIFE. TREATMENT IS POSSIBLE. EDUCATION IS SO KEY. WE ARE LOOKING AT PICTURES OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT ARE RAISING MONEY TO HELP SUPPORT THIS. HOW DOES THIS MAKE YOU FEEL? EMILY:.. I GET TO GO INTO THE SCHOOLS AND SEE THIS BEING PRESENTED. THE THINGS THAT WE SAY TO EACH OTHER CAN VE SUCH AN IMPACT. WE LIVE IN SUCH A DIGITAL WORLD. KIDS NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE WAY THEY COMMUNICATE CAN IMPACT OTHERS LIVES. SEEING WARNING SIGNS AND THEIR CLASSMATES AND PEERS AND INSIDE THEMSELVES. THAT HAS TO BE SUCH A MEANINGFUL PART OF THE JOURNEY YOUR FAMILY HAS BEEN ON. YOU HAVE A LOT OF GREAT EVENTS COMING UP. WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT IT FOR A FEW WEEKS. STOP OUT STIGMA IS THIS WEEKEND. IT’S A WAY TO TAKE ACTION. IT IS A SURROUNDING MENTAL ILLNESS AND MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS. YOU CAN COME OUT AND REGISTER ONLINE OR THAT DAY. YOU CAN FORM A TEAM. WE SEE EMPOWERMENT HAPPENING THROUGH THIS WALK. FAMILIES WILL COME AND WALK IN MEMORIES OF SOMEONE THEY LOST TO SUICIDE. WE HAVE TO ERADICATE STIGMA. TONIGHT, WE HAVE AN EMPOWERING WOMEN EVEN IT IS SOLD OUT. BECAUSE OF THAT, WE ARE LOOKING TO DO IT AGAIN. WE WANT TO DO IT WITH MEN ALSO. A THIRD PARTY EVENT IS ROCK OUT. IT IS EMBRACING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS AND TSUICIDE PREVENTION. IF ANYONE WANTS TO PUT ON AN EVENT FOR US, WE CERTAINLY WILL ENGAGE THAT OPPORTUNITY. GO ONLINE. COME DOWN AND VISIT US. WE HAVE A STOREFRONT. WE LIKE TO BE VISIBLE AND TALK ABOUT WHAT NEEDS TO BE TALKED ABOUT. CHANGING LIVES AND SAVING LIVES. THAT MUST BE A GREAT WAY TO HONOR THE DEATH OF YOUR BROTHER. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STOPPING BY6 C13 DON’T GO AWAY.

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