Stamp Out Stigma
STAMP OUT STIGMA WEEKLY SERIES: We want to answer some big questions about mental health.
weekly post series #1
WHY IS OUR PHYSICAL HEALTH PRIORITIZED OVER MENTAL HEALTH?
By Jaron Jenkins
LRMHC Development Associate
Hello everyone! My name is Jaron and I work at Lakes Region Mental Health Center. Part of my job involves managing the social media platform for the organization. I am starting a weekly series.
From a young age, we are told how important our physical health is. We are taught about exercise, the food pyramid and needing to go to the doctor when we are sick. We get a flu shot, we take Ibuprofen when we have aches and pains, and we relax our bodies when we are sore after a long hike.
But what about our mental health? Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. But the real question is if mental health makes up a large portion of our lives, why don’t we talk about it enough? Why is there such a stigma around it? What comes to mind when you think of a mental health center?
“Mental health and substance use disorder diagnoses are more prevalent than heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, migraines, osteoporosis and asthma, yet misconception and misinformation have left many people with mental illness and substance use disorders afraid to talk about their experiences or to seek help.” – stampoutstigma.com
My hope with this series is we can learn about what it is, how to break the cycle, and some of the things our staff members here at Lakes Region Mental Health Center do to truly better our community.
One of our goals this year at LRMHC and with New Hampshire Community Behavioral Health Association is to reduce stigma on what we do as a mental health center.