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Stamp Out Stigma

The Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW) is excited to announce the launch of its Stamp Out Stigma initiative!

Stamp Out Stigma is a campaign spearheaded by ABHW and some of its member companies to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and substance use disorders. This campaign challenges each of us to transform the dialogue on mental health and addiction from a whisper to a conversation. We must first recognize the high prevalence of mental illness and substance use disorders; then reeducate ourselves, friends, and family on the truths of mental illness and addiction. When we do this, we can reduce the stigma.

Mental health and substance use disorder diagnoses are more prevalent than heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, migraines, osteoporosis, and asthma; yet misconception and misinformation have left many people with mental illness and substance use disorders afraid to talk about their experiences or seek help.

It is the goal of Stamp Out Stigma to reach more than 1,000,000 people in 2014 to change perceptions and reduce the stigma of mental illness and substance use disorders by encouraging people to talk about them. Through a website and active social media platforms, people are encouraged to take the pledge and share their own personal stories.

In just over one month, we have already surpassed our goal. Our ads in Times Square and the Indy 500 have been seen by millions of people. To date, 854 people have liked our Facebook page; 496 people have followed us on Twitter; and 9,020 people have taken the pledge to Stamp Out Stigma.

A healthy conversation starts with a solid education. We encourage people to learn more about mental illness and addiction, how to talk about it, and how to change misconceptions. Taking the pledge to Stamp Out Stigma is an important first step. By pledging, you are committing to recognizing, reeducating, and reducing substance use disorders and mental illness. In doing so, you are beginning the path to raising awareness and understanding of addiction and mental health needs and ultimately removing the stigma, thereby encouraging people to seek the treatment they need. You can also tell your story on our Facebook page, and we will share it, or mention @stampstigma in your tweets!

One in four adults will face a mental illness in a given year. 22 million people have a substance use disorder. Even if you are not living with a mental illness or substance use disorder, you can make a lasting impact by speaking up for those who do. You can do so by following Stamp Out Stigma on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest, where you can learn about others' experiences and share your own. Talk about it. Your story could change a life.




Behavioral health is complex. Untreated behavioral health conditions, including both mental health and substance use disorders, have a significant impact on individuals, families, friends, and employers. Individuals with mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders need access to evidence-based services - the care that, based on scientific research, has been shown to...


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