I pledge to be mindful of stigmatizing language and negative stereotypes that may be harmful to people struggling with a mental health challenge.
Individuals with a mental health diagnosis or challenge, who may experience the world through internal voices and messages, deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, as would anyone else. A common myth exists that people with mental health diagnoses are violent and unpredictable. However, contrary to what you may see portrayed on TV or in the movies, research shows that people with mental health challenges are no more likely to be violent than anyone else! In fact, people with mental health issues are at a far greater risk of being victimized by violent crime.
There is also a common misconception that people with mental health challenges are destined to a life of endless struggle. In reality, more community supports and services exist now than ever before. Tools and strategies are available that support individual’s wellness and whole health. With this pledge, you are declaring that you will not label people with negative terms or repeat false information that have the power to fuel discrimination. Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services supports expanding recovery options for everyone. Share the facts, using respectful language, about mental health and people living with mental health challenges.
With your pledge you are joining your voice with ours to learn more and to speak up if you hear or see something that isn’t true.
- MAKE A PLEDGE NOW
- Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) peer support groups provide people with a safe environment to share their story about living with a mental health challenge, and focuses on learning skills to maintain daily wellness.
- Listen to a Mental Health & Wellness Radio podcast on “Depression, Stigma, and the Model Minority Myth in the Asian American Community”