What is Stigma Free?
Stigma Free Zones
The Stigma-Free Campaign is an international program which aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. We are dedicated to raising awareness of mental illness and positive mental health, by creating a culture where our community feel supported by one oneanother. We want you and your neighbours to feel free to speak up and to seek support without the fear of any form of stigma.
Establishing Stigma-Free Zones will raise awareness of the local mental health resources available so no resident needs to feel hopeless or alone. Stigma-Free Zones will encourage residents to break down barriers and be mindful of their mental health and ask for help when needed. Mental illness has the potential to worsen if left untreated and complications arise when individuals do not seek help. It is essential that residents engage in care as soon as the need is identified so recovery can begin, hope is inspired and tragedies are avoided.
Who is involved? Everyone is involved. This an international initiative which includes residents, young and old. From bus drivers to school administrators, every community member is a key stakeholder. We want to link all stakeholders to training opportunities and awareness events aimed at increasing public knowledge of the of mental health and knowledge of local resources available to them.
Can I bring Stigma Free to my town or workplace?
“I started this campaign a number of years ago, I never envisaged it would be become an international project. This has really changed the way communities are supporting each other”
— Mary Ann Uzzi