Next Step in the Battle to End the Stigma of Mental Illness
Due to the work of thousands of mobilized supporters, we were able to get a bill signed into law creating a landmark mental health tax check off to fight the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. This legislation is a ‘gateway’ to enhancing mental health literacy in New York State and building on the momentum developed through advocates speaking with the same strong voice.
The next frontier in regard to stigma is through our educational system. It is unacceptable in this day and age to not address mental health issues in schools. Twenty percent of all youth have a mental health diagnosis and the average age of onset for a mental illness is 14. Yet, you could go from elementary school through your senior of high school and never hear words like depression, anxiety disorder and suicide prevention. This is the time when mental health education is most important, yet many school districts offer nothing in regard to mental health education.
2016 is the year to change this mindset. We will not be able to do this without the support of the entire community. If you are interested in being part of the advocacy effort on behalf of mental health education in schools, please contact MHANYS Public Policy Director, John Richter at firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s keep the momentum going!
Glenn Liebman, CEO