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ceos-against-stigmaDespite the fact that one in five adults are affected by mental health illnesses, many do not feel comfortable talking about it openly for fear of being labeled.  For that reason, many CEOs across Massachusetts are pledging to take a stand and help change perception of those with mental illness within their workplace. Over 80 CEOs and local and state leaders have joined the The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (NAMI Mass) campaign known as CEOs Against Stigma to increase awareness about mental illness.

MaryLou Sudders, Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services has, along with Department Mental Health Commissioner, Joan Mikula, and Department Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Monica Bharel, joined CEOs Against Stigma to participate in the public awareness campaign to eliminate stigma about people with mental illness.

Stigma prevents people with mental illnesses from seeking treatment. About 71 percent of adults with depression did not seek treatment from a mental health professional, according to NAMI Mass hindering their road to recovery. It also can prevent people from moving ahead in the workplace where often, those with mental illness do not disclose their condition for fear of putting their careers and job security at risk if they disclose they have a mental illness. While the workplace is not the only area of life that people with mental illness face stigma, changing workplace culture is one way to help people understand that individuals with mental illness should be viewed, and treated, no differently than those with physical illnesses.

“In order for stigma to be eliminated, we must create workplaces where people with mental illness can speak openly about their conditions without the fear of being socially ostracized or professionally sidelined in their careers,” said Sudders in a recent announcement about the campaign.

As leaders in health, Sudders, Mikula, and Bharel are at the forefront in the efforts to improve treatment of mental health as well as bringing awareness of initiatives to the public.

“Mental-health conditions must be treated like we treat other health issues — with respect for the individual and appropriate medical care. Stigmatizing these conditions prevents those in need from getting care they deserve.” Bharel said.

To learn more about CEOs Against Stigma:
http://ceos.namimass.org/

Department of Mental Health Resource Guides:
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/provider/guidelines-resources/clinical-treatment/mental-health/dmh-resource-guides.html

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