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Stigma is defined as a commonly held set of beliefs that are based not on fact, but on opinion and misinformation.  The stigma surrounding mental illness has been identified as the number one barrier that people face when seeking treatment. Stigma also keeps us from openly talking about mental health issues.  People often don’t know what to look for or where to get help when they or someone they know start experiencing symptoms.  Education is the single biggest weapon against stigma.  Through outreach and education, we can begin to erase the harmful misbeliefs and replace them with truth and knowledge.

Since its inception in 2005, the award-winning, nationally-recognized CNS Anti-Stigma Program has been working to eradicate stigma.  We offer presentations that effectively break down stigma through the sharing of both accurate information and personal stories of hope and recovery.  We have reached more than 45,000 people through hundreds of presentations.

The CNS Anti-Stigma program offers many different programs designed to meet the unique needs of each audience, including businesses, healthcare providers, the faith community, high schools, colleges and universities, the mental health community and the general public.  Sensitivity and awareness training is done through various formats:

  • “Stomp Out Stigma” one-hour presentation that can be adapted to various audiences including senior citizens, military veterans and high school students.
  • “Peer Power University” presentations include a series of empowerment, wellness, work readiness and self-stigma focused messages for those affected by mental health challenges
  • Local, national, and international conferences
  • Panel discussions and public forums
  • Outreach through social media and blogging
  • Advocacy through rallies, letter-writing and postcard campaigns to local, state and national elected officials
  • Testimony to legislative committees on mental health issues at local, state and national levels
  • Providing extensive resources about mental health issues through community events such as health fairs, etc.

The CNS Anti-Stigma team is available to assist you with your mental health educational needs.  For more information about the program or to book a presentation, use the link provided or contact us by email, antistigma@cnsmi.org or phone, 248-409-4227.