May 10, 2021: #SupportNotStigma

One in five Americans is affected by a mental health concern every year. For too many, a combination of stigma and lack of accessible care leaves people feeling like they don’t have anywhere to turn for help.

The One in Five Anti-Stigma Campaign offers a wide variety of resources designed to make it easier to talk about mental health issues and be able to help others get support and treatment.

Bringing up mental health to someone can seem intimidating. You may feel uncomfortable, unsure of what to say and even afraid of offending them. And yet, these discussions are key to reducing stigma and breaking down barriers that keep the person from seeking support and treatment.

You can make a difference for your family, friends and co-workers. Visit the One in Five website to arm yourself with information and tools:

  • Know the Facts. In the About section, find mental health statistics that demonstrate how common these concerns are. Plus, learn the difference between mental health myths and truths to help break down stigma-creating barriers.
  • Start the Conversation. You’ll find a wealth of resources in this section, including a short flash course for guidance, actual conversation starters you can use, and helpful hotlines to share with others.
  • Show Compassion and Be Supportive. Check out the Helpful Resources section to find positive messages to post on social media, podcasts where you can hear about other people’s experiences with mental health and much more.

Whether you are concerned about your own or a loved one’s emotional wellbeing, SupportLinc offers in-the-moment guidance from a licensed clinician. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at no cost to you by calling 1-888-881-5462.

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