Increasing awareness that mental illness is a health condition-like cancer, heart disease, or diabetes–is one way to help overcome the stigma in rural communities. In addition, talking openly with others about lived experiences with mental health challenges helps to normalize the conversation and diffuse the stigma surrounding mental illness. Your story really does matter!
Share your story via social media or the Teller County Mental Health Alliance blog, quarterly newsletter, etc. The Campfire You can also reach out to someone individually. Perhaps connect with someone you have wanted to have a conversation with but just haven’t gotten the chance!