Meet Bert. 

 

Bert has OCD, a mental health condition. Bert also lives with the stigma that comes with it. Watch the video to learn how sigma impacts him and millions of others living with a behavioral health condition.

 

 

#distortedperceptions #fightstigma #mentalhealth #addictions

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I pledge to challenge my own perceptions about people who have mental health and/or substance use disorders.

 

I pledge to speak out and share knowledge to help others recognize stigma.

 

 

I pledge to become an agent of change by being a part of the larger conversation to reduce stigma associated with behavioral health.

                     Get the Word Out and Share the Following                  Stigma Facts on Facebook or Twitter:

Spread The Word

“We’ve shared more than 50,000 materials since the start of the campaign. Community members have used our materials to spark conversation in a wide variety of settings such as doctor’s offices, libraries, coffee shops, and among family and friends.

Have a Minute?

Take a minute to spread the message about stigma and behavioral health. 

Join the campaign by sharing the following tweets with your community!

 

What's the #1 barrier to recovery from mental health and/or substance use issues? STIGMA! 

It hurts relationships, access to opportunities and even medical care. Are you sure you're seeing clearly? 

Refocus and look again - see the whole person. #refocuslookagain #distortedperceptions.org #stopstigma

 

 Are assumptions about behavioral health disorders clouding your vision? 

Refocus and look again - see the whole person.#refocuslookagain #distortedperceptions.org #stopstigma

 

 

1 in 4 Marylanders lives with a behavioral health disorder. Stigma about mental health and substance use 

hurts ALL of us. Refocus and look again - see the whole person. 

#refocuslookagain #distortedperceptions.org #stopstigma

 

Hopelessness. Isolation. Barriers. Discrimination. Stigma. Our misconceptions and false assumptions 

make the road to recovery from mental health and substance use disorders so much harder. 

Are you sure you're seeing clearly? Refocus and look again - see the whole person. #refocuslookagain #distortedperceptions.org #stopstigma

Have an Hour?

It doesn't take long to make a difference, here's how you can help:

 

Write a Letter to an Editor

You can write a letter to an editor to share your opinion, influence others, and rally support for an important cause. 

 Check out the following resources for some helpful tips:

 

How to Write Letters the Editor

WikiHow

 

Tips on Writing Effective Letters to the Editor

Reclaim Democracy!

 

Letter to the Editor Guidelines

Student News Daily 

 

Contact your Legislators 

Be a part of changing the way people think and talk about

behavioral health conditions and help to shape new laws and policies that:

 

 1) don’t perpetuate stigma

                 2) can help reduce discrimination, and/or

                 3) reinforce an effective and respectful service system

 

You can contact them about the issue of stigma in general or you can do a little research and write regarding a specific bill that will impact the issue of stigma. Below are the sites to visit to find contact info for your legislators and as well as sites that may give you some background information on current legislation pertinent to this issue.

 

Do you have the passion to inspire change in your community? Make a difference. Take a stand. Become an advocate.

Contact your State Legislator:

 mgaleg.maryland.gov

 

 

Contact your National Legislator:

http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

http://www.house.gov/representatives/

 

 

Annual Rally on Lawyer’s Mall

 

 

Maryland’s Annual Behavioral Health Rally on Lawyer’s Mall is organized by the Maryland Behavioral Health Coalition and will take place on February 28, 2017. At this event, advocates speak alongside Maryland legislators about the importance of affordable, high quality, recovery-based behavioral health services. 

Join us on February 28th 2017!

 

 

 

Resources

 

National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery

www.ncmhr.org

 

Mental Health Association of Maryland

www.mhamd.org

Attend an Event

 

   Our Annual Conference

 

 

“Building Blocks of Recovery: Housing, Health & Hope”

 

Join us on Thursday and Friday, June 9 & 10, 2016 for our 2016 annual conference at the beautiful Princess Royale Hotel in Ocean City, MD.  The Princess Royale Oceanfront is one of the premier Ocean City, Maryland hotels.  This hotel is the largest all-suite resort offering the ultimate in accommodations.  Located on the white sandy beaches of Ocean City, the hotel offers a variety of accommodations from spacious two room suites with fully equipped kitchenettes directly overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean to suites overlooking an indoor heated swimming pool, hot tubs, saunas and four-story glass oceanfront tropical atrium.  The hotel offers complimentary wireless Internet, free covered parking, free whirlpool and saunas, along with TempurPedic Swedish mattresses in all their suites.

 

This year’s theme is: “Building Blocks of Recovery:  Housing, Health and Hope.”  Within this theme, we will explore housing models, supports and opportunities; healthy living concepts; and a special focus on hope and happiness for ourselves as individuals and as collective peer communities.  We will be celebrating possibilities for the future and the accomplishments of the past year at our annual Awards Dinner, continuing the fun at our annual dance and karaoke event, and of course, we will be hosting opportunities to network with our fellow peers and to enjoy the sights and sounds of the ocean.  So make plans to join us next June in Ocean City, MD!

 

The New Day Campaign

The New Day Campaign is a Baltimore initiative created by Baltimore artist, curator and community activist, Peter Bruun, that uses “art to challenge stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and addiction”. The initiative will run from Oct 1 to Dec 31, 2015 and will include an impressive 15 art exhibits and 60 public events.  To learn more about this initiative, click here.

 

Annual Rally on Lawyer’s Mall

Maryland’s Annual Behavioral Health Rally on Lawyer’s Mall is organized by the Maryland Behavioral Health Coalition and will take place on February 25th, 2016. At this event, advocates speak alongside Maryland legislators about the importance of continued support to behavioral health services and promote the “Keep the Door Open” campaign which last year urged Governor Hogan to restore much-needed funding to the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration. There was a turn-out of more than 300 Maryland behavioral health advocates last year! Join us this year on February 25th, 2016.

Hopelessness. 

Isolation. 

Barriers. 

Discrimination. Stigma. Our misconceptions and false assumptions 

make the road to recovery from mental health and substance use disorders so much harder. 

Are you sure you're seeing clearly? Refocus and look again - see the whole person.

#refocuslookagain #distortedperceptions.org #stopstigma

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1 in 4 Marylanders lives with a behavioral health disorder. Stigma about mental health and substance use 

hurts ALL of us. Refocus and look again - see the whole person.

 

#refocuslookagain #distortedperceptions.org #stopstigma

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What's the #1 barrier to recovery from mental health and/or substance use issues? STIGMA! 

It hurts relationships, access to opportunities and even medical care. Are you sure you're seeing clearly? 

Refocus and look again - see the whole person.

#refocuslookagain #distortedperceptions.org #stopstigma

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 Are assumptions about behavioral health disorders clouding your vision? 

Refocus and look again - see the whole person.

#refocuslookagain #distortedperceptions.org #stopstigma