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8 Ways to Help Change the Image of Mental Health Care

Rosanne Ullman | November 15, 2017 | 1:44 PM

With more than 61 million U.S. adults experiencing some form of mental illness, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has issued an eight-point guideline for battling the stigma surrounding mental health and getting care. People sometimes delay or altogether avoid getting help because they fear it will cost them a job, family, friends and general social acceptance.

NAMI suggests these eight efforts every individual can make:

  • Offer your support to others during their struggle and recovery.
  • Be open to conversations about mental health.
  • Encourage equality in how people perceive physical illness and mental illness.
  • Join the dialogue about mental health at the local, state and national levels to advocate for positive change.
  • Learn about mental health to educate yourself and others.
  • See the person, not the illness—strive to listen and understand.
  • Take action to raise awareness.
  • Use respectful language rather than terms like “crazy” and “psycho.”
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