It’s time to break the silence around mental illness. No voice is too young. Or loud enough. And no action is too small to help end stigmas and misconceptions about mental and behavioral health. You can play an important role.
- Stay informed. Knowledge is power. Having a mental illness is just like having a physical illness, such as diabetes. Check out our educational resources for help.
- Choose your words carefully. Saying words like “psycho, bipolar, crazy, etc.” create a stigma around mental health and may affect someone suffering from it in silence. View words to avoid and how to talk about these conditions.
- Have conversations. The more conversations we have about this topics, the less the stigma persists. Here are ideas to start the conversation.
- Sign up for advocacy updates with the On Our Sleeves newsletter.
- Join us in person to advocate for children’s mental health at one of our On Our Sleeves events or attend events of other organizations working to break this stigma, such as NAMIWalks, Big Lots Butterfly Run or Out of the Darkness Community Walks.
- Connect others who might be interested in learning more with our digital toolkit.
- Write on our interactive mural and share with us how you’re advocating for children’s mental health.
- Share your message of strength and support and/or how you are working to break the stigma around mental health on social media using #OnOurSleeves.
- Donate to behavioral health research, an often overlooked and vastly underfunded component of children's health.