EVENT DATE: May 19, 2014
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Almost 25% of people experience a mental illness each year, and the lifetime prevalence is estimated to be around 50%. The World Health Organization recently found mental illnesses to be the biggest health problem in the U.S. over cancer and heart disease.
Unfortunately, education about the prevalence of these problems is lacking, and not understanding these illnesses as diagnosable diseases often leads to stigmatizing attitudes which create a barrier to getting treatment. The goal of NoStigmas is to increase mental health education, encourage the use of resources and supports, and spread the message that people with mental health problems are not alone.
I've been involved with NoStigmas since last summer, and since then we have created an online education center and resource directory, and we are about to launch a Peer Support Program which matches people seeking help with their mental health concern with a mentor who can give guidance and support based on their own experiences. Your donation will help support programs like this which make a very real and lasting impact on the lives of people like you or me.
We're so close to our goal, please help us get there by making a donation before 12 noon CST today!