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 something (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 it is, we often have a hard time understanding or coping with the problem. 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 can 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, monthly support group for family members, and a wide array of programming and services to individuals with mental health conditions. 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 upcoming events here and below, take the pledge here, 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 are a few opportunities to begin changing the conversation about mental health:
Swing Fore Recovery 5B Open for Suicide Prevention Month
On September, 22nd NAMI-WRV is excited to tee off our 2017 Swing Fore Recovery Golf Tournament, the 5B Open! 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.
By joining the Swing Fore Recovery Golf Tournament, you and your organization can show your support for mental health awareness by promoting your organization as a stigma free Wood River Valley organization that will help to break down barriers of stigma in our community.
There will be great prizes and fun for all, and sign your team up today!
Stigmafree book club
In the past, NAMI-WRV has partnered with the Sun Valley Wellness Festival and Chapter One books to host a book club focused on wellness and self-improvement. For future partnership opportunities for the NAMI-WRV book club, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.