Courage to Connect

UNDERSTANDING & OVERCOMING STIGMA

Let’s work together in Valley County to CONNECT WITH OUR YOUTH on mental health stigma and substance use disorders.

Learn more about what stigma is and how it affects our youth. Take action to help overcome stigma and change lives for the better!

WHAT IS STIGMA?

Stigma is when someone, or even you yourself, views a person in a negative way just because they have a mental health condition. Stigma often comes from the lack of understanding of fear, inaccurate or misleading media representations of mental illness contribute to both those factors. Some people describe stigma as a feeling of shame or judgment from someone else. Stigma can even come from an internal place, confusing feeling bad with being bad.

Let’s change these outcomes, and save lives.

WHY DOES IT MATTER?

In 1999, the US Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health – the first and only one to date – identified stigma as a public health concern that leads people to “avoid living, socializing or working with, renting to, or employing”individuals with mental illness. Individuals with mental illness will often internalize the stigma in our culture which decreases the odds for recovery and can lead to depression, decreased hope, worsening symptoms, less likely to seek help, and increased odds of suicide attempt or death.

 

 

HOW DO WE GET RID OF STIGMA?

Talk Openly

Respond to misperceptions or negative comments by sharing facts and experiences.

Be Conscious

Remind others that words matter

Be Honest

Speak the truth about experiences so others can relate

Show Compassion

Listen with care and an open heart

About VCORP:

Vision

We envision a community where individuals thrive, develop resiliency, and live abundantly

Mission

We will mobilize community strengths to empower the physical and mental health and well-being of youth and families through innovative initiatives in Valley County

Values

Collaboration | Compassion | Excellence | Inclusiveness | Adventurous

Resources

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Finding the courage to speak up sometimes means asking for help during the process. Often, when we share our stories, we realize we have feelings to address or need additional resources as part of our continued healing. Ignite Idaho Family Resource Center is here for you, every step of the way, with the resources you need to heal and thrive.

Learn more at (208) 994-5537 or igniteidahofrc.org

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The Youth Advocacy Coalition (YAC) promotes wellness and healthy lifestyles in youth and their families by providing education, resources, and meaningful opportunities for social connectedness. We harness the energy of our entire community to create an environment where youth can thrive.

Learn more at www.PlanetYouthWCM.org

This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2,000,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources.