StigmaFree in the Wood River Valley
What is stigma and why are we trying to end it?
Stigma is a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about a particular issue (in this case, mental health conditions).
One in five adults in America is affected by a mental health condition. Despite its prevalence, mental illnesses often go undiagnosed; or, when they are, we often have a difficult time understanding or coping with the associated problems. There are many misconceptions about what mental illness is and what it means to live with a mental health condition.
Mental illness is a shared burden on communities. Conditions that go untreated have a real impact on the day-to-day workings of a company, from decreased employee productivity to lower morale. Mental health conditions and the associated stigma can greatly impact your place of employment. In fact, across the U. S., mental illness costs the economy about $200 billion in lost earnings each year.
NAMI-WRV offers a weekly support group for peers and teens. Additionally, a monthly support group for family members and a wide array of programming and services to individuals with mental health conditions are available. For more information on our programming, click here. We have also joined together with NAMI affiliates across the country in the fight to end stigma by launching a campaign to be StigmaFree.
By participating in local events organized by NAMI-WRV throughout the year, your organization or business can help support individuals and families in the Wood River Valley and ensure we break the stigma associated with mental illness. We hope you’ll take some time to learn more about our StigmaFree community partnerships, and show your support by displaying a green StigmaFree ribbon.
Our StigmaFree campaign has developed ways for the greater community to help reduce/eliminate negative connotations commonly associated with mental illness. We hope you will consider taking the StigmaFree pledge, and participate in one (or more!) of the events coming up – all to help support our public education efforts, and to help those who experience mental health challenges.
Here is a poster for your workplace to post in a common area.
Fact Sheets, Hand Outs and Mental Health Guides for your Workplace
Below are a few community-wide opportunities to begin changing the conversation about mental health. By joining in these events, you and your organization can show your support for mental health awareness by promoting your organization as a StigmaFree Wood River Valley organization that will help to break down barriers of stigma in our community.
On Monday, March 11, we will host our 3rd annual “Journey to Wellness” at the KIC building in Ketchum. All mediums, all levels, were part of the art show, and the theme was what your interpretation of your journey to wellness may be. Whether it be a standard oil painting, a culinary discovery, or a ceramic bowl, were on display on what you feel as your path to wellness. This year’s concept is birds, representing our teen support groups theme “Sometimes when you’re feeling down and blue, remember you will fly”. Our official song is “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, What a wonderful day, Plenty of sunshine, coming my way”. We are asking for donations in any medium, even birdhouses will be welcome… pink flamingos and bird wing sculptures are splendid…or whatever your creative mind can think of. We will also accept any donation that you choose to contribute to the silent auction.
Every May, for Mental Health Awareness Month, we encourage leaders from the business sector, as well as non-profit, government & faith leaders, to take part in our Biking for Mental Wellness, a StigmaFree Ride. This family-friendly and leisurely bike ride in May of every year starts at YMCA in Ketchum and BCRD in Hailey. The ride ends at St. Luke’s with food trucks and other vendors. This year, we will be hosting our ride on Saturday, May 18, save the date and be thinking of your companies team themed costume!
In September, NAMI-WRV is excited to tee off our Swing Fore Recovery Golf Tournament, the 5B Open for Suicide Prevention & Recovery Month. Teams are invited to once again join for a day out on the links with your friends and colleagues while participating in a unique team-building experience that supports important work within our community. There will be great prizes, and this is your opportunity to play golf in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho! Please sign your team up today and reserve your foursome!