Friday, July 19th, 2019

Youth Worker Café: The Stigma of Mental Health

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2019

The Early Learning Alliance, United Way of Huntington County, Huntington County Community Schools and The Learning Center have partnered with the Indiana Youth Institute to provide a presentation entitled “The Stigma of Mental Health: Overcoming Barriers to Treatment” at Crestview Middle School. The presentation will be on June 13 at 11:30 a.m. with lunch provided.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children must have good mental health to reach their full potential. Mentally healthy children reach developmental and emotional milestones, learn beneficial social skills, and have a positive healthy quality of life in home, school and in their communities. Mental Health America reports that 76% of youth in the United States do not receive treatment for mental health issues. Stigma is a key barrier that prevents youth from seeking or continuing the mental health treatment they need. By reducing stigma, we can create an environment that offers hope and acceptance to those who currently suffer in silence.

Join in the event for this presentation to better understand what stigma is and the impact stigma has on individuals and communities. We will discuss how to identify and overcome stigma in ourselves and our communities in order to help improve mental health outcomes for youth. Jessica Hanna, Education and Outreach Specialist for Mental Health America Northeast Indiana will be the speaker.

To register, visit huntingtonunitedway.org and click the link on the main page. Event and lunch are free, but registration is requested for food.