Distorted Perceptions: a campaign to challenge myths and misperceptions about mental illness and addictions

Distorted Perceptions

a campaign to challenge myths and misperceptions about mental illness and addictions 


    Here's what people are saying about our campaign: 

People loved the shirts! They looked really cool and people were asking us if they could have them.  

Quite a few people thought that we were providing free eye exams or involved with eye care.

 I had really positive conversations where the confusion was an icebreaker / conversation starter.” 


                                                 Pete Kimbis, Operations Coordinator

                                                   On Our Own of Montgomery County

“I’ve worn the shirt to different events and people always come up to me and ask me what the shirt means.

 People have said things like: ‘This is so true!’ and ‘Finally someone is gearing a campaign toward the general public.’ ” 


                                                                      Jayme Severn, Transitional Age Youth Outreach Coordinator, On Our Own of Maryland, Inc. 

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Distorted Perceptions joins Maryland Coalition for Mental Health Awareness at their annual art event
The Maryland Coalition for Mental Health Awareness (MCMHA) presented their fourth annual art exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore City on May 19th to help educate the community about mental health issues and eliminate stigma. The exhibit featured artwork from artists that participate in Maryland’s community mental health and peer support programs. Due to the event’s successful turnout Distorted Perceptions shared nearly 2000 materials with the community. Behavioral health advocates even picked up packages of materials to help spread the message within their immediate communities.
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Advocates gather in Annapolis to support Behavioral Health Funding

More than 100 advocates from wellness and recovery centers throughout the state of Maryland met with legislators in Annapolis to speak about the importance of access to high quality, recovery-based, behavioral health services. Hundreds of advocates then gathered in Lawyer's mall at the Keep the Door Open Maryland rally to support full funding of recovery-based, behavioral treatment options. 


Maryland legislators and stakeholders are introduced to the campaign
Project Director, Jennifer Brown spoke about the Distorted Perceptions 
campaign at the Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore Legislative Breakfast 
on December 8, 2015. It was held at the Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys, 
with nearly 200 stakeholders in attendance.  Many participants expressed interest in the campaign  and our campaign materials flew off the resource tables!

Distorted Perceptions unveils materials at New Day Campaign event!
Distorted Perceptions unveiled our materials at the New Day Campaign’s events and exhibitions. The New Day Campaign was created by Baltimore artist, curator and community activist, Peter Bruun, to challenge the stigma associated with mental illness and addiction through the use of art. The events and exhibitions ran from Oct 1 - Dec 31, 2015 and included an impressive 15 art exhibits and 60 public events.  To learn more about this initiative, click here.