Some of you may have noticed this sign in front of City Hall. Port Republic has signed a resolution to support the efforts of the Stigma Free Atlantic Collaborative. The Stigma Free Atlantic Collaborative is a countywide program that aims to reduce the negative beliefs associated with mental health and substance use disorders. We are dedicated to raising awareness around mental health and substance use disorders. Our vision is to create a culture where residents feel supported by their community and feel free to seek treatment for the disorders without fear of being outcast.
Stigma is a mark of disgrace which results from the judgment of others. When an individual is labeled by their illness, they experience judgment and prejudice. It brings experiences and feelings of shame, embarrassment, distress, hopelessness and reluctance to seek or accept help. As a result, it is one of the primary reasons individuals do not seek help when they experience symptoms of a mental health or substance use disorder
To learn more, participate on the collaborative or sign a pledge to be stigma free, please visit: http://www.mhaac.info/stigma-free-atlantic.html