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Behavioral Health Response:
314-469-6644 or 1-800-811-4760
Life Crisis Services:
Anywhere in the country, call:
1-800-273-TALK (8255) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Anywhere in the country, text:
MHA to 741741
Know the Facts to Break Stigma
As more people speak out about living with mental illness, conditions like depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder are finding a healthy place in public conversation. But misconceptions still exist, and they perpetuate the stigma surrounding these all-too-common illnesses. Good news: Learning the facts can help. This slide show, 22 Common Mental Health Myths You Need to Stop Believing, is worth a watch...and worth passing along!
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If you want to understand what someone with a mental illness is thinking and feeling, or if you think you're experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, click through to these easy-to-read, printable and shareable infographics. They explain what people say each disorder feels like, facts and figures related to the illness, and strategies for recovery.
St. Louis Area BRIDGES Support Groups
- CenterPointe - 4905 Mexico Rd., St. Peters - Mondays, 6:30 - 8:30
- CenterPointe - 4905 Mexico Rd., St. Peters - Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30
- Harvester House - 41 David St., St. Charles - Wednesdays, 1:00 - 3:00
BRIDGES is a peer-to-peer program focused on recovery, meaning all participants face the challenges and celebrate the triumphs of living with a mental illness.
Click here for a BRIDGES flyer or call Ramona at 314-773-1399.
When it comes to cancer, heart conditions or diabetes, we don't wait until someone is gravely ill to start treatment. We start as soon as they are diagnosed -- before they reach a crisis Stage 4 level. With many diseases, we actually start before the treatment phase...we begin with education, prevention and early detection. And if a disease takes hold, we immediately work to reverse it. So why don't we do the same for someone who is dealing with a potentially serious mental illness? See what MHA is doing to change the way all of us think about mental illness in in Why B4Stage4? and B4Stage4: Changing the Way We Think About Mental Health.
Help Someone in Crisis
5-Minute Breath Exercise
More Support for People-First Language
Mental health advocates enourage everyone to use use "people-first" language. The term refers to speaking and writing in a way that acknowledges the person first, then the condition. It indicates what a person HAS, not what a person IS. For example, one would say, "a person has schizophrenia" rather than "he's schizophrenic." A recent survey confirms that words really do matter. They have the potential to shape the listener's perceptions, as well as, tolerance. Read more in Why You Should Never Use The Term "The Mentally Ill."
Speak Up About Myths
When knowledgeable about the facts, each of us has the potential to speak up when we hear a myth being perpetuated about mental illness. 8 Misconceptions about Mental Health and Mental Illness can help you get familiar with the facts and be part of the solution in ending stigma.
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