Recently, I was privileged to be part of a press conference that officially launched the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Massachusetts chapter’s CEOs Against Stigma campaign. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the stigma of mental illness in the workplace by educating employees, addressing misconceptions, and encouraging open, honest dialogue that acknowledges mental illness as a serious and treatable physiological condition.
Funded by a grant from the Attorney General’s Office, the campaign was created following a NAMI survey of Massachusetts voters to measure attitudes on mental illness. Results showed that while 92% of respondents would advise people with mental illness to tell family members and 76% would advise telling friends, only 27% would advise telling co-workers. Preconceived notions about mental illness discourage people from seeking help—and with one in five adults affected each year—untreated mental illness is the leading cause of workplace disability today.
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We provide mental health and early intervention services in the areas of Education, Treatment and Recovery to over 16,000 children and adults from Boston to Cape Cod.
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