Community Engagement and Positive Mental Health

Community Engagement and Positive Mental Health

Humans are social creatures. Many of us prefer to laugh, sing, and dance in the presence of others (although a solo jam session is never a bad idea). Here at NoStigmas, we value the importance of community and mental health to improve our understanding of ourselves and others in efforts to make actions more meaningful and effective.

The Power and Responsibility of Community

We asked Tiffany, "What does community mean to you?" To her, the term "It takes a village" sums it up. Being from Trinidad & Tobago, community is part of the culture and everyone has a part to play. We couldn't agree more! That's why we've designed the NoStigmas Network as a partnership.

NOSTIGMAS CORE VALUES

- We all have a responsibility for our own mental health.

- A person is not defined by their diagnosis and should be treated as an individual.

- No one should feel alone in their mental health journey.

- It’s important to speak up when you need support or see someone who does.

- It’s essential to use non-stigmatizing, respectful language when communicating about mental illness and suicide.

- Everyone deserves equal access to the care they need.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, COMMUNITY, & ADVOCACY

We believe everyone can and should take responsibility for their own mental health. Your wellness journey is your own, and it has unique steps that only you can recognize and choose to take. Self-care is an essential part of your own health and your ability to advocate for yourself and others.

While you alone can take steps toward wellness, we also believe that none of us should have to experience that journey alone. That’s why we foster a community dedicated to supporting each other in an environment of acceptance and equality. Our individual journeys are unique, and we are whole people with rich identities beyond a diagnosis. We believe in speaking up when we see someone in need of support, and not being afraid to ask for that support ourselves.

Advocacy can also happen in a world outside our own community. As both a community and individuals, we're able to take action that promotes mental health equality and suicide prevention. This includes raising awareness about mental health, advocating for the use of non-stigmatized language, promoting access to mental health treatment, and generally taking a stand to further the cause of mental health awareness.

By living these core values, we strive to make our community full of empowered NoStigmas Advocates!

The Significance of Sharing Your Story

We asked Jasmine two questions: 1. What does it mean to have a platform to share your story? 2. Does it scare you to share your story? As someone who has been affected by mental illness, she gets real about the impact it has on her life. Have you ever shared your story?

NOSTIGMAS CORE VALUES

- We all have a responsibility for our own mental health.

- A person is not defined by their diagnosis and should be treated as an individual.

- No one should feel alone in their mental health journey.

- It’s important to speak up when you need support or see someone who does.

- It’s essential to use non-stigmatizing, respectful language when communicating about mental illness and suicide.

- Everyone deserves equal access to the care they need.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, COMMUNITY, & ADVOCACY

We believe everyone can and should take responsibility for their own mental health. Your wellness journey is your own, and it has unique steps that only you can recognize and choose to take. Self-care is an essential part of your own health and your ability to advocate for yourself and others.

While you alone can take steps toward wellness, we also believe that none of us should have to experience that journey alone. That’s why we foster a community dedicated to supporting each other in an environment of acceptance and equality. Our individual journeys are unique, and we are whole people with rich identities beyond a diagnosis. We believe in speaking up when we see someone in need of support, and not being afraid to ask for that support ourselves.

Advocacy can also happen in a world outside our own community. As both a community and individuals, we're able to take action that promotes mental health equality and suicide prevention. This includes raising awareness about mental health, advocating for the use of non-stigmatized language, promoting access to mental health treatment, and generally taking a stand to further the cause of mental health awareness.

By living these core values, we strive to make our community full of empowered NoStigmas Advocates!

How Has Your Perception of Mental Health Changed?

Alicia talks about how personal experiences and studying psychology has changed her mind about people living with mental illness. Do you have any preconceived notions about people who live with mental health issues? Have you been personally affected by those stigmas? What can we do to adjust that thinking?

NOSTIGMAS CORE VALUES

- We all have a responsibility for our own mental health.

- A person is not defined by their diagnosis and should be treated as an individual.

- No one should feel alone in their mental health journey.

- It’s important to speak up when you need support or see someone who does.

- It’s essential to use non-stigmatizing, respectful language when communicating about mental illness and suicide.

- Everyone deserves equal access to the care they need.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, COMMUNITY, & ADVOCACY

We believe everyone can and should take responsibility for their own mental health. Your wellness journey is your own, and it has unique steps that only you can recognize and choose to take. Self-care is an essential part of your own health and your ability to advocate for yourself and others.

While you alone can take steps toward wellness, we also believe that none of us should have to experience that journey alone. That’s why we foster a community dedicated to supporting each other in an environment of acceptance and equality. Our individual journeys are unique, and we are whole people with rich identities beyond a diagnosis. We believe in speaking up when we see someone in need of support, and not being afraid to ask for that support ourselves.

Advocacy can also happen in a world outside our own community. As both a community and individuals, we're able to take action that promotes mental health equality and suicide prevention. This includes raising awareness about mental health, advocating for the use of non-stigmatized language, promoting access to mental health treatment, and generally taking a stand to further the cause of mental health awareness.

By living these core values, we strive to make our community full of empowered NoStigmas Advocates!

What Does "Home" Mean to You?

Tiffany talks about the concept of home and the impact is has on her identity. What does "home" mean to you? How does this idea impact your mental health? ----- No one should face mental illness or suicidal loss alone.

NOSTIGMAS CORE VALUES

- We all have a responsibility for our own mental health.

- A person is not defined by their diagnosis and should be treated as an individual.

- No one should feel alone in their mental health journey.

- It’s important to speak up when you need support or see someone who does.

- It’s essential to use non-stigmatizing, respectful language when communicating about mental illness and suicide.

- Everyone deserves equal access to the care they need.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, COMMUNITY, & ADVOCACY

We believe everyone can and should take responsibility for their own mental health. Your wellness journey is your own, and it has unique steps that only you can recognize and choose to take. Self-care is an essential part of your own health and your ability to advocate for yourself and others.

While you alone can take steps toward wellness, we also believe that none of us should have to experience that journey alone. That’s why we foster a community dedicated to supporting each other in an environment of acceptance and equality. Our individual journeys are unique, and we are whole people with rich identities beyond a diagnosis. We believe in speaking up when we see someone in need of support, and not being afraid to ask for that support ourselves.

Advocacy can also happen in a world outside our own community. As both a community and individuals, we're able to take action that promotes mental health equality and suicide prevention. This includes raising awareness about mental health, advocating for the use of non-stigmatized language, promoting access to mental health treatment, and generally taking a stand to further the cause of mental health awareness.

By living these core values, we strive to make our community full of empowered NoStigmas Advocates!

[Real Talk] Mental Health Affects Everyone

Paul gets real about people's quirks and how we all just wanna feel normal. Sometimes if may feel like you're strange and all alone with your mental health, but that's what brings us together in this world. Let's celebrate our differences and have compassion for people who are struggling.

NOSTIGMAS CORE VALUES

- We all have a responsibility for our own mental health.

- A person is not defined by their diagnosis and should be treated as an individual.

- No one should feel alone in their mental health journey.

- It’s important to speak up when you need support or see someone who does.

- It’s essential to use non-stigmatizing, respectful language when communicating about mental illness and suicide.

- Everyone deserves equal access to the care they need.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, COMMUNITY, & ADVOCACY

We believe everyone can and should take responsibility for their own mental health. Your wellness journey is your own, and it has unique steps that only you can recognize and choose to take. Self-care is an essential part of your own health and your ability to advocate for yourself and others.

While you alone can take steps toward wellness, we also believe that none of us should have to experience that journey alone. That’s why we foster a community dedicated to supporting each other in an environment of acceptance and equality. Our individual journeys are unique, and we are whole people with rich identities beyond a diagnosis. We believe in speaking up when we see someone in need of support, and not being afraid to ask for that support ourselves.

Advocacy can also happen in a world outside our own community. As both a community and individuals, we're able to take action that promotes mental health equality and suicide prevention. This includes raising awareness about mental health, advocating for the use of non-stigmatized language, promoting access to mental health treatment, and generally taking a stand to further the cause of mental health awareness.

By living these core values, we strive to make our community full of empowered NoStigmas Advocates!

Real Talk: When Someone's Going Through a Tough Time

Kip has a message for people who are struggling:

NOSTIGMAS CORE VALUES

- We all have a responsibility for our own mental health.

- A person is not defined by their diagnosis and should be treated as an individual.

- No one should feel alone in their mental health journey.

- It’s important to speak up when you need support or see someone who does.

- It’s essential to use non-stigmatizing, respectful language when communicating about mental illness and suicide.

- Everyone deserves equal access to the care they need.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, COMMUNITY, & ADVOCACY

We believe everyone can and should take responsibility for their own mental health. Your wellness journey is your own, and it has unique steps that only you can recognize and choose to take. Self-care is an essential part of your own health and your ability to advocate for yourself and others.

While you alone can take steps toward wellness, we also believe that none of us should have to experience that journey alone. That’s why we foster a community dedicated to supporting each other in an environment of acceptance and equality. Our individual journeys are unique, and we are whole people with rich identities beyond a diagnosis. We believe in speaking up when we see someone in need of support, and not being afraid to ask for that support ourselves.

Advocacy can also happen in a world outside our own community. As both a community and individuals, we're able to take action that promotes mental health equality and suicide prevention. This includes raising awareness about mental health, advocating for the use of non-stigmatized language, promoting access to mental health treatment, and generally taking a stand to further the cause of mental health awareness.

By living these core values, we strive to make our community full of empowered NoStigmas Advocates!

Real Talk: Being a Friend When Times Get Tough

Q: What's something someone has done to help you through a tough time? Skye: There would be times when my best friend knew I was going through an episode and she would just let me go through it. And that was sometimes the best thing for me.

NOSTIGMAS CORE VALUES

- We all have a responsibility for our own mental health.

- A person is not defined by their diagnosis and should be treated as an individual.

- No one should feel alone in their mental health journey.

- It’s important to speak up when you need support or see someone who does.

- It’s essential to use non-stigmatizing, respectful language when communicating about mental illness and suicide.

- Everyone deserves equal access to the care they need.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, COMMUNITY, & ADVOCACY

We believe everyone can and should take responsibility for their own mental health. Your wellness journey is your own, and it has unique steps that only you can recognize and choose to take. Self-care is an essential part of your own health and your ability to advocate for yourself and others.

While you alone can take steps toward wellness, we also believe that none of us should have to experience that journey alone. That’s why we foster a community dedicated to supporting each other in an environment of acceptance and equality. Our individual journeys are unique, and we are whole people with rich identities beyond a diagnosis. We believe in speaking up when we see someone in need of support, and not being afraid to ask for that support ourselves.

Advocacy can also happen in a world outside our own community. As both a community and individuals, we're able to take action that promotes mental health equality and suicide prevention. This includes raising awareness about mental health, advocating for the use of non-stigmatized language, promoting access to mental health treatment, and generally taking a stand to further the cause of mental health awareness.

By living these core values, we strive to make our community full of empowered NoStigmas Advocates!

How Do You Take Care of Your Mental Health?

Jasmine: I'm a really faith driven person so I spend a lot of time in the bible, prayer, meditation, I do my yoga. I do things that help center me. Whether that's through the vertical or the horizontal, whatever I need. If I need some uplifting energy throughout the day, meditation.

NOSTIGMAS CORE VALUES

- We all have a responsibility for our own mental health.

- A person is not defined by their diagnosis and should be treated as an individual.

- No one should feel alone in their mental health journey.

- It’s important to speak up when you need support or see someone who does.

- It’s essential to use non-stigmatizing, respectful language when communicating about mental illness and suicide.

- Everyone deserves equal access to the care they need.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, COMMUNITY, & ADVOCACY

We believe everyone can and should take responsibility for their own mental health. Your wellness journey is your own, and it has unique steps that only you can recognize and choose to take. Self-care is an essential part of your own health and your ability to advocate for yourself and others.

While you alone can take steps toward wellness, we also believe that none of us should have to experience that journey alone. That’s why we foster a community dedicated to supporting each other in an environment of acceptance and equality. Our individual journeys are unique, and we are whole people with rich identities beyond a diagnosis. We believe in speaking up when we see someone in need of support, and not being afraid to ask for that support ourselves.

Advocacy can also happen in a world outside our own community. As both a community and individuals, we're able to take action that promotes mental health equality and suicide prevention. This includes raising awareness about mental health, advocating for the use of non-stigmatized language, promoting access to mental health treatment, and generally taking a stand to further the cause of mental health awareness.

By living these core values, we strive to make our community full of empowered NoStigmas Advocates!

[Real Talk] What do you wish people knew about mental health?

Tiffany tells us what she wishes people knew about mental health.

NOSTIGMAS CORE VALUES

- We all have a responsibility for our own mental health.

- A person is not defined by their diagnosis and should be treated as an individual.

- No one should feel alone in their mental health journey.

- It’s important to speak up when you need support or see someone who does.

- It’s essential to use non-stigmatizing, respectful language when communicating about mental illness and suicide.

- Everyone deserves equal access to the care they need.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, COMMUNITY, & ADVOCACY

We believe everyone can and should take responsibility for their own mental health. Your wellness journey is your own, and it has unique steps that only you can recognize and choose to take. Self-care is an essential part of your own health and your ability to advocate for yourself and others.

While you alone can take steps toward wellness, we also believe that none of us should have to experience that journey alone. That’s why we foster a community dedicated to supporting each other in an environment of acceptance and equality. Our individual journeys are unique, and we are whole people with rich identities beyond a diagnosis. We believe in speaking up when we see someone in need of support, and not being afraid to ask for that support ourselves.

Advocacy can also happen in a world outside our own community. As both a community and individuals, we're able to take action that promotes mental health equality and suicide prevention. This includes raising awareness about mental health, advocating for the use of non-stigmatized language, promoting access to mental health treatment, and generally taking a stand to further the cause of mental health awareness.

By living these core values, we strive to make our community full of empowered NoStigmas Advocates!

[Real Talk] How did you grow up thinking about mental illness?

Ella describes her experiences growing up as the daughter of a therapist.

Q: How did you grow up thinking about mental illness?

A: I grew up thinking that everyone knew about mental illness.

NOSTIGMAS CORE VALUES

- We all have a responsibility for our own mental health.

- A person is not defined by their diagnosis and should be treated as an individual.

- No one should feel alone in their mental health journey.

- It’s important to speak up when you need support or see someone who does.

- It’s essential to use non-stigmatizing, respectful language when communicating about mental illness and suicide.

- Everyone deserves equal access to the care they need.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, COMMUNITY, & ADVOCACY

We believe everyone can and should take responsibility for their own mental health. Your wellness journey is your own, and it has unique steps that only you can recognize and choose to take. Self-care is an essential part of your own health and your ability to advocate for yourself and others.

While you alone can take steps toward wellness, we also believe that none of us should have to experience that journey alone. That’s why we foster a community dedicated to supporting each other in an environment of acceptance and equality. Our individual journeys are unique, and we are whole people with rich identities beyond a diagnosis. We believe in speaking up when we see someone in need of support, and not being afraid to ask for that support ourselves.

Advocacy can also happen in a world outside our own community. As both a community and individuals, we're able to take action that promotes mental health equality and suicide prevention. This includes raising awareness about mental health, advocating for the use of non-stigmatized language, promoting access to mental health treatment, and generally taking a stand to further the cause of mental health awareness.

By living these core values, we strive to make our community full of empowered NoStigmas Advocates!

Peer Support FAQ

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Beyond Detox: Addiction Warriors Share the Surprising Benefits of Rehabilitation and Finding a Forever Recovery

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It’s tricky to know what to expect when you enter addiction treatment — and unfortunately, there is still a lot of stigma surrounding addiction, so many people are reluctant to reach out for help when they’re struggling.


We spoke to graduates of rehabilitation programs from across the country, and they told us that detox is only the first step, and it’s one worth taking! What comes afterward is self-discovery, understanding, and finally, transformation.

When Bi-Polar Disorder Affects the Workplace

When Bi-Polar Disorder Affects the Workplace

When Carol was in her manic phase, she was one of my most energetic, creative and successful employees. Carol (not her real name) would work until midnight to meet impossible deadlines she often self-imposed. The next morning, she was at it again, all while filling any potential time voids with volunteer project work.

Helping Employees Cope Through PTSD

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Helping Employees Cope Through PTSD

When it comes to PTSD or other anxiety disorders, it’s possible to be part of someone’s problem. If you’re reading this article, though, it’s far more likely you’re interested in being part of someone’s solution. Thank you for caring.

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Coaching Performers Out of a Depression Spiral

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It was at least a year too late when I realized that my firing of a talented, once-energetic employee didn’t need to happen. Her bubbly, sarcastic wit had turned at times malicious. Her engaging personality became more frequently sullen and withdrawn. Work performance deteriorated after years of strength.

I didn’t know it then, but extremely difficult home circumstances triggered this woman into an episodic depression spiral, one she was not then equipped to pull herself from alone. Not knowing the circumstances, I mistook her poor results for apathy. I didn’t explore alternative explanations and enough options to restore her results. I failed her as a leader/manager. Remarkably, she has since forgiven my inability to discern the true situation and remains a personal friend today.

Stepping Up When Anxiety Shuts An Employee Down

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By Michael Bushman

If you manage a large team or even a few people over a number of years, chances are you’ve encountered an employee struggling with an anxiety disorder. React well as a leader/manager and you’ll help the struggling employee recover and contribute to your organizational success. Pile onto their problem and you’ll help send that employee, and your results, into downward spiral.

The Importance of Fathers (and Father Figures)

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First, we’d like to wish a very Happy Fathers Day to all the dads out there. We know that being a father can be difficult at times, but it is also very rewarding. Since today is the day to recognize you for everything you’ve done, we also wanted to show you just how important you are in the world of mental health.

5 Ways to Get Involved in the Mental Health Community

5 Ways to Get Involved in the Mental Health Community

Are you looking for ways to support the cause? Unsure of where you might fit in? Fortunately, you don’t have to have a certain skill set to do your part to end stigmas, just a desire to help! Read on for some ideas. 

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