We recently clarified our vision and mission here at Laura Gatien & Associates and now we're launching an anti-stigma campaign that I am super excited to share with you!
Our vision is that mental health care is valued, understood, accepted, and accessible to all people and our mission is to enhance the health and lives of all individuals, couples, and families through barrier-free and proactive mental health care services.
Our anti-stigma campaign, There is No US & THEM, brings our vision and mission to life, to drive positive social impact and bring awareness to our message: #WeAllStruggle (yes, every one of us, at times)
When you categorize people who struggle with mental illness as THEM, it feeds into the stigma and the “othering” of people with mental health difficulties. In reality, there is JUST US. Everyone’s mental health exists on a continuum. We move up and down that continuum and will be at different places on this continuum throughout our lives. We all struggle at times.
You do not need to have a mental health diagnosis to struggle with your mental health. Everyone is affected by mental illness. And no one should be defined by their mental illness.
Together, as change makers, we will
Raise awareness that #WeAllStuggle
Move towards opening up the conversation around mental health
Remove shame, negativity, and guilt that society has attached to mental health issues
Remind people that Mental health is as important as physical health
Our goal is to encourage everyone to own and embrace their mental health struggles and be okay with opening up and talking about it. We need to recognize that you can’t always tell by looking at someone that they are struggling.
It’s important that we share our experiences and stories to help heal ourselves and others.
Our Mental Health is on a Continuum Looking after our mental health proactively can help us shift forward on that mental health continuum or help protect us from moving back. None of us are immune to moving back on the continuum, as distress is a normal part of life and it’s as important to recognise the signs your mental health is suffering and when you may need support. One at a time, let’s break mental health stigma. We want people to feel empowered to have great mental health and we’re helping people achieve that one counselling session, one workshop and one anti-stigma message at a time! Affordable, Accessible Mental Health Care We work every day to make mental health accessible and affordable. We aim to be change makers by offering Free Friday Therapy, Low Cost Therapy, Free Workshops, Intern Training, and more.
Together, we can change the mental health game and create a movement!
There is No US & THEM #WeAllStruggle
We’re launching with a few products so you can wear your support and help spread the word that There is No US & THEM #WeAllStruggle
You're INVITED to JOIN US! Here’s what you can do to help spread the message…
Talk openly about your struggles, to normalize talking about it
Work on recognizing someone who is struggling and lend an ear
Be proactive. Seek out help before your struggles become catastrophic
Display/Share/Wear the message, There is No US & THEM, and get the conversation going. (all proceeds from the sale of our clothing, items, stickers, etc support our free and low-cost therapy programs) Check out our swag.
Partner with us to help spread the word (ask us how!)
Donate (once or on an ongoing basis) to support our Free and Low-cost Therapy programs. Here’s how.
Thanks in advance for your support with this important initiative. Mental Health is Health. ~ Laura
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