Creating Community-Based Vocational Opportunities For People With Mental Illness And Providing Support And Education To Their Families.
The Problem We Are Tackling
People with serious mental illness and their families are a highly stigmatized group. Our news media and daytime TV shows portray the mentally ill as violent criminals or, at best, figures of fun. This stereotype of the mentally ill person leads to all kinds of misconceptions—that they are likely to be dangerous and incapable, that their illness is due to "lack of discipline" and that they are more responsible for their condition than are people with any other illness or disorder. Worse still, people with mental illness, themselves, and their family members share these misconceptions.
There are many consequences of stigma—people diagnosed with mental illness lose their sense of power and self–worth, health curricula in schools ignore serious mental illness and families feel isolated from their neighbors and, often, from the treatment providers. See how our programs seek to tackle these issues through providing education and support for people with mental illness and their families and creating work opportunities for those with an illness.
This stereotype of the mentally ill person leads to all kinds of misconceptions… Worse still, people with mental illness, themselves, and their family members share these misconceptions.