The need for a campaign against mental health stigma
Mental health stigma in media and public discourse remains a challenge in Greece and its effects contribute to the reproduction of stereotypes which cause exclusions and intensify discrimination against people with mental health problems.
Based on these acknowledgements, we concluded that there is a great need to strengthen the advocacy and the supervisory role of civil society in dealing with these phenomena. Thus, in collaboration with our partners, we undertook in the framework of the campaign “Erasing stigma. Upon our word” to plan and implement a set of actions that aim to prevent exclusion of our fellow human beings with mental health problems, and to combat discriminations based on mental health issues. These actions build on previous work and initiatives, renew existing knowledge of new population groups targeted for discrimination, while at the same time aiming to provide tools and formulate informed policy proposals for consultation and implementation.
The main lines of action of the campaign are the following:
Development of training & awareness tools
Actions to achieve institutional change
So our objective is to take a big step towards combating stigma and reproducing stereotypes about mental health, while empowering our fellow human beings with psychosocial difficulties. However, in order for this big step to take place, we need your help and support, that is why we call on you to support and disseminate our actions and information.