"Mental Health is not a destination, but a process. It's about how you drive, not where you're going."
Together we can break the Stigma of Mental Health
What is STIGMA?
Stigma refers to judgments or inaccurate beliefs people may hold about a group of people.
Discrimination refers to the unfair actions people may take based on those stigmatizing beliefs.
Why do we need to stop it?
Unfortunately, people with mental health challenges often experience judgment or unfair treatment because of the stigma associated with mental illness in our culture.
In fact, 90% of Californians living with psychological distress reported some measure of discrimination in a recent study.
Prejudice and discrimination often become internalized by people with mental health and substance use problems, meaning they begin to believe the negative things that other people or the media say about them.
As a result, many people delay seeking help.
Stigma and discrimination can also lead to children dropping out of school, difficulty finding housing or jobs, or it may prevent people from forming close relationships.
Mental health affects us all in some way, whether it’s our own struggles or those of people we know and care about. All of us have a reason to take action to help create safe and supportive communities where we can talk openly about mental health without fear and can access support when it is needed.
Watch this video to learn more about stigma and the impact it has on individuals and our society.
“Stand Up Against Stigma.” It's Up to Us Riverside, up2riverside.org/help-others/stand-up-against-stigma/.
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Tumbles, scrapes, ouches, owies, and boo-boos: Just another day in the life of a parent.
But what about invisible pain? The kind of pain you can’t kiss and make better. Like the doctor you turn to for fevers and flus, there’s help out there for that kind of pain, too.
Children’s mental health problems are real, common, and treatable. Although one in five children has a diagnosable mental health problem, nearly two-thirds of them get little or no help.
Untreated mental health problems can undermine a child’s ability to thrive at home, at school, and in the community. Without treatment, children with mental health concerns are at increased risk for problems now and later in life, such as problems in school (including dropping out), getting in trouble with the criminal justice system, unemployment, and suicide.
Parents and family members are usually the first to notice if a child has problems with emotions or behavior. Your observations, along with those of teachers and other caregivers, can help determine whether you need to seek help for your child.
While all children struggle from time to time and may have one of the following concerns to some degree, the following signs may indicate the need for professional help when more than one is present, or if a single issue is persistent and/or interfering with school, friendships, or home life:
Decline in school performance
Poor grades despite strong efforts
Constant worrying or anxiety
Repeated refusal to go to school or to take part in normal activities
Hyperactivity or fidgeting
Persistent disobedience or aggression
Frequent temper tantrums
Depression, sadness, or irritability
Although these may seem like individual issues, they could be an indication of something bigger, especially if they persist. Early identification, diagnosis, and treatment can help children reach their full potential.
If you suspect a problem or have questions, talk with your child’s pediatrician or reach out to us; we'd love to help you. You are not in this alone.
Learn more about good mental health for your child with these fact sheets provided by Mental Health America: Click Here
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Some of your thoughts might be:
I’m not smart enough/successful enough/pretty enough/my sibling is the smart/pretty/intelligent/lovable one
I’m not the kind of person who’d do well in school/college/a job
I should stick to easy tasks because I can’t handle challenges
Money is difficult to earn, and I never earn enough
My partners are always unfaithful to me because they are liars/I am not lovable so I’d better stay away from serious relationships
Everyone is manipulative and untrustworthy
I can’t do this because of that/him/her/them
I’m always treated badly, and nobody respects me
I shouldn’t ask for what I want because I always get rejected
Life is meaningless and is always going to be like this
Sit down and think calmly about any limiting beliefs that you may have about yourself.
How do these beliefs affect your life?
Have you held yourself back from success or challenges or enjoying yourself because of them?
Some examples of simple affirmations could include:
I am a capable and successful person.
I respect everyone, and everyone respects me.
I am wealthy and find it easy to make money.
Any challenges that I face are excellent opportunities to learn.
Are you interested in learning more? Let us know and we will alert you of our next workshop.
1. Think before you speak
2. Once you're calm, express your anger
3. Get some exercise
4. Take a timeout
5. Identify possible solutions
6. Stick with 'I' statements
7. Don't hold a grudge
8. Use humor to release tension
9. Practice relaxation skills
10. Know when to seek help
And don’t forget seek God: Colossians 3:8 8 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.