Breaking Stigma One Conversation at a Time

"Mental Health Matters: It's Time to Talk" is a Mental Health Association campaign, originating from the Mental Health Association in Central Carolinas, Inc., designed to encourage open dialogue about mental health and reduce stigma.

3 Key Messages

  1. Mental disorders are common in the U.S. In a given year, 1 in 4 adults may have one or more diagnosable mental disorders (National Institute of Mental Health).
  2. Mental health is essential to overall health; prevention works, treatment is effective, and recovery is possible.
  3. Two-thirds of individuals never seek treatment due to stigma. Stigma does not need to be a barrier to service. MHA can connect people with services and support.

Below are some videos created by the Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas. Please watch and share!

If you only have 30 seconds, watch this view to open your mind and break the stigma of mental health issues! Take the pledge to break stigma!

MHA volunteer ambassador Guillermo shares the message that there's no shame in having a mental health issue. One conversation can open up the pathway to others. . .it starts with breaking the stigma one conversation at a time!

MHA of Central Carolinas Board Member Bill Franklin shares his personal story of recovery from depression. Bill encourages conversations about mental health among family members and to seek professional treatment when you need it. Never let stigma get in the way of recovery!

MHA Ambassador Lindsey urges community members to learn about mental health to prevent suicide, and to know that help and hope are available to anyone who looks for them. Contact the MHA to become educated or get connected to local resources at 704.481.8637. For National Suicide Prevention 24-Hour Call Center, 1.800.273.8255.

Ruby and her grandson Tyler discuss how far he has come on his recovery journey as a result of mental health treatment (to include talk therapy), and ther unfailing love and support.

MHA of Central Carolinas Board Member Mary Ellen became a Compeer volunteer more than 20 years ago because she knew she could help someone else along her recovery journey. She knows firsthand the fear that stigma can cause and the power of sharing, then finding the right treatment.