Mental health stigma is culturally a huge problem. Stigma is when someone views you in a negative way because you have a distinguishing characteristic or personal trait that’s thought to be, or actually is, a disadvantage.
It limits people’s motivation to engage in the treatment, getting the help they need, but also in the activities they are currently involved in, like church. Further, it can actually cause some mental health symptoms to create further harm and isolation.
The way you fight against mental health stigma is educating yourself and others as well as create a culture open to dialogue and not shaming or guilting others who you feel are different.
I created these mental health awareness cards specifically to fight stigma within the church. The hope is that you can have these in the lobby of your church, in the office area for pastors to have immediate access or the volunteer green room to have them share.
These are designed to be quickly informative and motivating as well as at the bottom giveaway the individual reading it can tear off a perforated card to request more information, prayer, or to volunteer with your mental health team.