EAST WINDSOR and HARTFORD (September 25, 2018) – As part of National Recovery Month and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Stigma Free Campaign, Chelsea Place Care Center in Hartford and Touchpoints at Chestnut in East Windsor, both iCare Health Network communities, held kick-off, pep-rally type events to celebrate and embrace stigma-free care.
According to the NAMI website, stigma is when someone, or even you yourself, views a person in a negative way just because they have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as a feeling of shame or judgement from someone else. Stigma can even come from an internal place, confusing feeling bad with being bad.
Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support and living well. Learning how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us, especially when you realize stigma’s effects.
To learn more about the NAMI initiative and how to become Stigma-Free, click here…