For many decades, BHSN has been involved in an effort to reduce stigma against mental illness. Much of this was done in partnership with NAMI: Champlain Valley. Now the collaborative effort to eliminate stigma has expanded to include several other area partners representing the county, primary care, substance abuse treatment, secondary education, people with lived experience, and other members of the community. This group of committed individuals has come together as the Anti-stigma Coalition of Clinton County.
The coalition is currently working to develop and launch a local anti-stigma campaign in an attempt to reduce the impact of stigma in our community. Stigma is especially problematic when it interferes with people feeling comfortable to seek help, feeling connected to the community, or getting access to resources like jobs, housing, education, or support. BHSN is proud of our longtime stance against stigma and of our place at the table with the Anti-stigma Coalition of Clinton County.
You can help fight stigma too by designing a logo for the theme “Mental Health for Everyone”. Click on this link to learn more.