Start a dialogue with family and friends. Talking about mental illness engages, enlightens, and educates those around you. Choose mental health stigma as a "water cooler" conversation with your colleagues, and then take it up the ladder to senior management.

If you are living with a mental illness, you may be hesitant to talk about it. Join a support group. There, you will find individuals who have shared like experiences. This will provide a safe environment where you can be yourself while gaining insight and confidence. You can also get guidance on the best approach to talking with family, friends, and colleagues.

Many individuals living with mental illness have joined initiatives to speak out about their experiences through various speaker's bureaus and programs. Putting a face on mental health is vital to changing the perception of the public at large. It reminds us that we are all members of the human family, and that each and every one of us has the potential to positively contribute to society.

Talking to Kids about Mental Illness

NAMI - In Our Own Voice