Reeducate yourself and others on mental and emotional health.
Reduce stigma. Reduce hesitation to seeking care. Reduce misunderstandings. Reduce bullying and insensitivity.
“People can and do get better,” Kip Hoffman, Community Counseling Center, said.
He said mental illness is a disease, comparable to diabetes or heart disease. People need to understand that it is biological and neurological.
By understanding the mental disease and its symptoms, family members can offer support as they would to someone with diabetes, for instance.
An important focus of the group is to educate patient care staff and employers.
The health care experts at the SOS meeting stressed that the needs of each patient are different and they are ready to refer individuals to the health care organization that suits them best, even if it not their own.
Contact the United Way of Mercer County to help “Stamp Out Stigma” within your organization at 724-981-1884. Learn more about SOS at stampoutstigma.com.