In 2016, the National Mental Health Innovation Center (NMHIC) and the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business partnered “to equip the next generation of business leaders with awareness and skills to promote workplace mental health and participate in improving access to care.” Click the title for the full article on how they are challenging Distorted Perceptions through their curriculum and how they got MBA students around the world thinking about strategies to address stigma and mental health in the workplace.
“I don't know if I was born with drugs in my body or not. But my mom used drugs while she was pregnant with me. So it wasn't long before kids at school were calling me a 'crack baby.'"
“While teachers cannot take over the role of psychiatrists, there are many small, practical steps they can take to tackle discrimination, raise awareness and help children feel less isolated when they are at their lowest.”
“Many people, and especially college students in my opinion, believe they have to suffer in silence from mental illnesses. There is a serious stigma and lack of sympathy for them that has been expressed throughout our society over the years.”
“As part of our mission to decrease stigma and fear surrounding mental health and learning disorders, the Child Mind Institute asked more than 30 prominent people — from actors to athletes to business leaders — to make videos sharing their personal experiences about growing up with these challenges.”
“This network of student-run groups has over 400 sites on high school and college campuses across the country that are fighting Distorted Perceptions by “promoting awareness of mental health, supporting students who are struggling, and help connecting them to counseling. They are changing the environment on campuses by welcoming students to share their suffering and seek help.’”
“Kelly Davis arrived at college carrying heavy baggage—bipolar disorder and an eating disorder. Dragged down by severe depression, she barely made it through her first two years at American University in Washington, D.C. ‘I didn’t go to classes a lot. I didn’t get out of bed,’ recalls Davis, now 22. ‘After freshman year, I got into an abusive relationship. I was drinking heavily, frequently.’ When she felt hopeless, she would tell herself that she would one day be better and try to prevent what happened to her from happening to others.”