2015 #Crushthestigma

Raising mental health awareness is the responsibility of everyone, and everyone can participate during May’s National Mental Health Awareness Month. Most of us know someone who is dealing with a mental health issue, and helping to bring awareness to these issues will help break down the barriers to seeking help andcrushing the stigma associated with mental illness.  Individuals that know or have known someone that has dealt directly with mental health related issues increases one’s likelihood for becoming involved in the National Mental Health Awareness Month.


What is Stigma?

 
Three out of four people with a mental illness report that they have experienced stigma.  When a person is labelled by their illness they are seen as part of a stereotyped group.  Unfortunately, evidence is showing that stigma is getting worse not better. 
 

  • Stigma fosters negative attitudes, creates prejudice which leads to negative actions and discrimination.
  • Stigma promotes isolation, increases stress, and creates shame.
  • Stigma is a mark of disgrace that sets a person apart.


At Military Spouses of Strength it is our desire to break down the walls of stigma associated with mental health and seeking help when needed.  Many military members and their families refuse to get the help they need due to the stigma associated with mental illness.  The#crushthestigma – “One Conversation at a Time” campaign highlights the importance of giving a voice to every individual battling with their own mental health and eliminating stigma once and for all.


How you can help How can you help?


Over 2/3 of all people with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment and with your help to have “One Conversation at a Time” you can make a difference in your community during National Mental Health Awareness Month and #crushthestigma.  Military Spouses of Strength encourages you to take action and make a difference.


What can I do?


Make a donation to Military Spouses of Strength so that we can continue programming and campaigns that make a difference in the lives of military families.  Your donation will directly impact the availability of providing mental health resources, initiatives, programming and operating costs needed to help support the mental health needs of military families. 

Military Spouses of Strength is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status under the Internal Revenue Service.  Your donations are tax deductible. Our EIN is 46-5636786. 

To make a donation visit:  http://www.milspousesofstrength.org/make-a-donation.html

  • Use respectful language.  Never use terms like crazy, lunatic, psycho, retarded and correct people who do so.
  • Start the conversation and teach others about mental illness starting with your children, just as you would discuss cultural diversity, acceptance, religious beliefs, physical disability, and sexual orientation.
  • Become an advocate or volunteer to help create awareness by contributing to the blogs or write letters to newspapers and lawmakers.
  • Encourage others who may be suffering from mental illness to seek treatment.
  • Share your story and speak up about the challenges of being labeled with mental health stigma which will educate others about mental illness, the discrimination associated when looking for housing, a job, and the ability to socialize and make friends.


 Participate in #crushthestigma campaign


  • Make a donation
  • Make the Pledge to #crushthestigma by visiting the MSoS Website www.milspousesofstrength.org
  • Share your story about how mental illness has affected you and your military family for use on the MSoS blog
  • Volunteer with MSoS through many of our virtual positions
  • Share on Social Media
  • Like us, share our posts or follow us through our social media channels using the hashtag #crushthestigma
  • Tag and like Military Spouses of Strength on Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of Social Media
  • Take a picture of yourself with the #crushthestigma Pledge Sign and upload your picture for MSoS to use on our website and social media.
  • Tell your friends and family about MSoS and our efforts to #crushthestigma behind mental health
  • Request a Proclamation be made in honor of the #crushthestigma – “One Conversation at a Time” campaign in your city
  • Use MSoS banners and icons as your profile picture for Facebook and Twitter
  • Make #crushthestigma – “One Conversation at a Time” signs on campus
  • Wear Green - when people ask why you are wearing green all week/month tell them you support raising mental health awareness and #crushthestigma

2014 Pledge Partners

Let us know if your organization is interested in making the pledge and joining our efforts and promote awareness about mental health among spouses and military families!

info@milspousesofstrength.org




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to improve the health and overall wellness within the military community.


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Join Military Spouses of Strength to #crushthestigma associated with mental illness in the military community.  You can help us continue providing knowledge, support, and resources needed to make this change happen.  Together we can raise mental health awareness within the military community helping to eradicate suicide and mental health stigma associated with military service.  Contact us at info@milspousesofstrength.org for more information and to see how our organizations can develop a mutual partnership.

Thank you for your consideration in participating in the Military Mental Health Awareness Pledge. As we hit the milestone of being a community at war for 13 years, it is vital that we begin to see an increase of programming and resources to support all members of the military community. To date, there exist no system of tracking to know just what military dependents are struggling with. Because May is Mental Health Awareness Month, we feel it is a necessary moment to grab hold of this discussion and spread it throughout our Nation so that we can help our peers. 


By filling out the below card, you are pledging your support for quality mental health support and tracking of those services for the service member and their family.

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Military Spouses of Strength’s mission is to make a positive impact on the military spouse community in regards to mental health .  At MSoS our aim is to improve mental health awareness by providing resources and knowledge through tangible programming.