Learn more about #LookingBeyond stigma
This six-minute video explains the #BeStigmaFree campaign through the voices of Mia, Anna, Latrieva, Michael, Isaiah and Amy. Whether due to mental illness, substance use or disability, these individuals and their loved ones have experienced “othering,” and they explain what it feels like in raw, honest language. Watch to learn why they believe it’s time to #LookBeyond stigma in Kalamazoo County.
Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour training course available to the community. The program introduces you to common warning signs exhibited by someone who may be experiencing mental health problems. In this class, you'll learn:
Risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems
Prevalence of various mental health disorders and the need for reduced stigma
A 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation and help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate care
Evidence-based professional, peer, social and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.
Dates and registration info: kazoocmh.org/MentalHealthFirstAid.aspx
To increase awareness and encourage action, we’ve gathered some stigma-related resources for specific communities. (If you come across a great resource you think we should list, let us know at hello@LookBeyondStigma.org.)