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Campaign seeks end to mental illness stigma

Campaign seeks end to mental illness stigma

Mental health affects 1 in 5 Americans and stigma creates a toxicity to the individual causing shame, fear and silence preventing the individual from seeking treatment.

"They were passionate, determined and we're listening really hard to what they have to say as we go forward to build a plan for better child and youth mental health, so we're going to be involving them and other people with lived experience as we build this plan because it needs to meet their needs", Darcy said.

By 2022-23 the scheme is expected to have been rolled out to just a fifth to a quarter of the country. "Right now, the only thing you can receive from County Mental Health is crisis intervention".

Journey Mental Health Center and Adams Outdoor Collaborate are partnering together to fight the stigma of mental illness and addiction in a unique high-profile year-long billboard campaign "This is my Journey'".

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Mental health disorders are the leading cause of disability in the United States, according to the World Health Organization.

Lorraine Heggessey, Chief Executive of The Royal Foundation said: "At its heart, Heads Together is about bringing people together to change the conversation on mental health".

"Trust leaders tell us demand for mental health care is growing rapidly, particularly for CAMHS", Cordery added.

At a time when many students are stressing out about final exams, BC's Mental Health Minister says more support is coming. "But it is extremely worrying that MPs on these highly respected committees have found the government's strategy on child mental health falls so far short of what is required". Be a friend, be a support and let them know they are not alone.