Stories Inspiring Progress
The best way to eliminate stigma is to educate individuals about mental health and mental illnesses, especially the fact that mental illnesses are real, just like physical health conditions, and should not incite any judgment or discrimination. Such education should include individuals’ success stories.
The New Jersey Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma invites individuals to share their inspiring stories.
Here is one of many examples:
Partners in Care: Having an Ally Strengthens Families
Kayla, a counselor at Integrity House, and Stephanie share the story of Stephanie’s progress toward recovery from depression and substance abuse, becoming stronger for her children and securing employment.