Working with McLean’s award-winning public awareness campaign “Deconstructing Stigma: Changing Attitudes About Mental Health,” NAACP-Boston is looking to bring messages of resilience, hope, and education to Boston’s communities of color.
What Is Stigma?
Many people feel overwhelmed, stressed, depressed and anxious at some point in their lives. All too often, people do not seek help for these common and highly treatable symptoms because they are fearful of being judged by friends, family, or healthcare providers. Or because they feel that by admitting they need help, that they are weak or “crazy.” That is the negative power of stigma.
Stigma prevents people from getting the help they need to make them feel better.
Why Is the NAACP-Boston Participating in This Campaign?
Without mental health, we cannot be healthy. Unfortunately, the statistics within communities of color tell a disturbing story:
- African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population.
- Only about one-quarter of African Americans seek mental health care, compared to 40% of whites.
There are many reasons for these startling stats, including lack of understanding and education, fear, and misconceptions. Through this collaboration, we hope to provide members of our community with the information and resources that will help them successfully manage their mental health.
How Can You Help?
Volunteer your story and be part of changing perceptions! You can If you live with addiction, anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, OCD, or schizophrenia, we want to hear from you! We are looking for individuals of all ages to be photographed and have their story shared publicly. Let’s work together to show others in our community that they are not struggling alone.
To volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org.