Specific Programs That Fight Discrimination
The Anti-Stigma Project was formed in 1993 by the Maryland Mental
Administration in collaboration with On Our Own of Maryland, Inc., a
consumer advocacy group. The project is a collaborative effort among
health consumers, family members, providers, educators, and
and is dedicated to reducing stigmatizing attitudes, behaviors, and
within the mental health and substance abuse communities.
of Living/Hartford Hospital is sponsoring
an academic competition designed to decrease the stigma of mental
The BrainDance Awards encourage students to gain knowledge about
diseases and develop a more tolerant and realistic perspective toward
with severe psychiatric problems. The competition also aims to promote
students’ interest in careers in mental health care.
the Silence is a series of recommended curricula for teaching children
about mental illnesses, developed by three teachers who are also
of children with mental illness. Curriculum packets include
plans, posters, games, and recommended readings and videos. There
are separate curriculum packets for elementary school, middle school,
high school students.
BringChange2Mind.org is a
not-for-profit organization created by Glenn Close, the Child and
Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF), Fountain
House, and Garen and Shari Staglin of IMHRO
(International Mental Health Research Organization). Its mission is to
provide information on mental illness to both people who have a mental
illness and those who have misconceptions about mental illness.
is a not-for-profit organization which matches community volunteers in
supportive friendship relationships with children and adults receiving
mental health treatment. It has affiliates in most states and in
some foreign countries.
Elimination of Barriers Initiative (EBI) is a 3-year initiative
in September 2003 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
[SAMHSA] aimed at identifying effective public education approaches to
counter the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illnesses.
Like Minds, Like Mine is
New Zealand public education programme aimed at reducing the stigma and
discrimination faced by people with experience of mental illness. The
programme is funded by the Ministry of Health and guided by the Like
Minds National Plan.
Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County
is a collaboration of public and private agencies, as well as
individuals who need mental health care services and their caregivers.
The organization works to revolutionize the mental health service
delivery system in Tarrant County, Texas. The site provides news
regarding mental illness, information on Mental Health Connection's
initiatives, facts about mental illness and stigma, printable posters
and bookmarks, and other helpful resources.
The purpose of this website is to provide
tools and information for news organizations, journalists, journalism
educators, and a broad coalition of news story informants on ways to
improve reporting on mental health issues. Exemplar reports, self-care
tips for journalists, facts about mental illness, and related videos
are among the resources provided by the site.
MIRA’s High School Awareness
Project is designed to provide the most up-to-date material on
brain and mental illness that is available to all Michigan high school
teachers of Health and Psychology and to counselors.
in order to educate the public about mental health issues and eradicate
the fear, shame and stigma commonly associated with mental illness,
has as its primary goal the development of a nationwide, public
multi-media education initiative.
OpenMindsOpenDoors is a Pennsylvania initiative aimed at ending
against people with mental illnesses. The campaign is coordinated
by the Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania.
a model for establishing anti-discrimination an anti-discrimination
and has been used in many countries. A summary of the programme
its results in many different countries is contained in a book by
and Schulze, “Reducing the stigma of mental illness,” and is also available
'See Me' is Scotland's national
campaign to end the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health. It
is fully funded by the Scotish Government and was launched in 2002.
SLO the Stigma is
broad effort to decrease stigma and raise public awareness of mental
health and treatment resources in San Luis Obispo County in California.
This site provides information about mental illness as well as contact
information for various local psychological services. There are also
several videos featuring insight and advice from individuals who are
struggling with mental illness.
to Change is England's most ambitious programme to end discrimination
faced by people who experience mental health problems. It is led by Mind, and Rethink and
receives funding from the Big Lottery Fund
and Comic Relief. The
program is evaluated by the Institute of
Psychiatry at King's College,
This site aims
people who are living with a mental illness and their friends. It
tools to aid in the recovery process, information on the different
kinds of mental
illnesses, real-life stories about support and recovery, and videos
friends can make a difference to those with a mental illness.