Mental Health Awareness Month: May 1 - 31, 2018

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness.  During May, SCCMHA and the rest of the country are raising awareness of mental health.  Each year we fight stigma, educate the public and support people with mental illness and their families.

Why this cause is important: One in 5 Americans is affected by mental health conditions.  Stigma is toxic to their mental health because it creates an environment of shame, fear and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment.  The perception of mental illness won't change unless we act to change it.

Campaign manifesto: There's a virus spreading across America.  It harms the 1 in 5 Americans affected by mental health conditions.  It shames them into silence.  It prevents them from seeking help.  And in some cases, it takes lives.  What virus are we talking about?  It's stigma.  Stigma against people with mental health conditions.  But there's good news.  Stigma is 100% curable.  Compassion, empathy and understanding are the antidote.  Your voice can spread the cure.  Together we can #CureStigma.

Click here see a NAMI video and to learn how to support the 1 in 5 people affected by mental health conditions.