Are mental health professionals unintentionally contributing to the problem of stigma?
Mental illness is not the only reason why individuals end up on the streets, but it is s one of the lead contributing factors to homelessness
No one is immune from mental illness. Any person regardless of age, economic status, or race can develop a mental illness. Yet it is difficult for many of us to understand why mental health policy receives less support for government spending increases than does health care. We must recognize all the barriers that contribute to the stigmatization and discrimination of mental health.
none.“No matter what the voice in your head says, “You do matter, life can get better, and help is available”
Visit The Samaritans at http://www.metanoia.org/suicide/samaritans.htm & send them an anonymous e-mail
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TTY:1-800-799-4TTY)
Teenagers, call Covenant House NineLine, 1-800-999-9999
Look in the front of your phone book for a crisis line
Check www.sacpros.org for more resources such as finding a therapist or other mental heath services
Join a support group or get individual mentor services at the Wellness and Recovery Center – See the “Did You Know Section” of the Fall 2011 issue for more details (see page 16)