blue_space

ABHW

Perspectives

Return to entries

Stamp Out Stigma

The Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW) is excited to announce the launch of its Stamp Out Stigma initiative!

Stamp Out Stigma is a campaign spearheaded by ABHW and some of its member companies to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and substance use disorders. This campaign challenges each of us to transform the dialogue on mental health and addiction from a whisper to a conversation. We must first recognize the high prevalence of mental illness and substance use disorders; then reeducate ourselves, friends, and family on the truths of mental illness and addiction. When we do this, we can reduce the stigma.

Mental health and substance use disorder diagnoses are more prevalent than heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, migraines, osteoporosis, and asthma; yet misconception and misinformation have left many people with mental illness and substance use disorders afraid to talk about their experiences or seek help.

It is the goal of Stamp Out Stigma to reach more than 1,000,000 people in 2014 to change perceptions and reduce the stigma of mental illness and substance use disorders by encouraging people to talk about them. Through a website and active social media platforms, people are encouraged to take the pledge and share their own personal stories.

In just over one month, we have already surpassed our goal. Our ads in Times Square and the Indy 500 have been seen by millions of people. To date, 854 people have liked our Facebook page; 496 people have followed us on Twitter; and 9,020 people have taken the pledge to Stamp Out Stigma.

A healthy conversation starts with a solid education. We encourage people to learn more about mental illness and addiction, how to talk about it, and how to change misconceptions. Taking the pledge to Stamp Out Stigma is an important first step. By pledging, you are committing to recognizing, reeducating, and reducing substance use disorders and mental illness. In doing so, you are beginning the path to raising awareness and understanding of addiction and mental health needs and ultimately removing the stigma, thereby encouraging people to seek the treatment they need. You can also tell your story on our Facebook page, and we will share it, or mention @stampstigma in your tweets!

One in four adults will face a mental illness in a given year. 22 million people have a substance use disorder. Even if you are not living with a mental illness or substance use disorder, you can make a lasting impact by speaking up for those who do. You can do so by following Stamp Out Stigma on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest, where you can learn about others' experiences and share your own. Talk about it. Your story could change a life.

ABHW

Perspectives

CONSUMER TIPS: NAVIGATING YOUR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PLAN.

Behavioral health is complex. Untreated behavioral health conditions, including both mental health and substance use disorders, have a significant impact on individuals and their families. Individuals with mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders need access to evidence-based services...

[More]

View all entries

NEW

ABHW

Publications

June 26, 2017 ABHW Letter in Support of the Nomination of Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, for Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance.

ABHW Letter to Chairman Hatch on Health Care Reform Process in the Senate (May 23, 2017)

ABHW Press Release: ABHW Issues Statement in Wake of House Passage of AHCA (May 4, 2017)

ABHW Letter to House Leadership on AHCA and MacArthur Amendment (May 2, 2017)

ABHW Press Release: ABHW to Chair Inaugural Payer-Provider Behavioral Health Management Summit (April 26, 2017)

ABHW Press Release: ABHW Recommends Improvements to Medicare Advantage Program (April 25, 2017)

ABHW Press Release: ABHW Welcomes White House Commission on Opioids (March 30, 2017)

ABHW Press Release to House Leadership Over AHCA Concerns (March 23, 2017)

ABHW Comment Letter to House Leadership on ACHA (March 22, 2017)

ABHW Press Release on Confirmation of New HHS Secretary Price and CMS Administrator Verma (March 17, 2017)

ABHW Comment Letter to Rep Murphy (March 10, 2017)

ABHW Comment Letter on Market Stabilization Prop Rule (March 8, 2017)

ABHW Press Release on SNPRM Part 2 Comment Letter (February 17, 2017)

ABHW SNPRM Comment Letter to SAMHSA on Confidentiality (February 17, 2017)

ABHW Summary of 42 CFR Part 2 Final Rule and SNPRM (February 1, 2017)

ABHW Paper - Behavioral Health Organizations Current and Future Approaches to Addressing the U.S. Opioid Crisis (May 2016)

ABHW Comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking on Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders (May 27, 2016)

ABHW and Diverse List of Health Care Stakeholders Letter to House Leadership calling attention to the importance of amending 42 CFR Part 2 (May 10, 2016)

ABHW Interview on 42 CFR Part 2 (April 27, 2016)

ABHW Editorial on 42 CFR Part 2 (April 11, 2016)

ABHW Press Release: ABHW and Diverse List of Health Care Stakeholders want HIPAA Standard to Apply to Substance Use Records (April 11, 2016)

ABHW and Diverse List of Health Care Stakeholders Comments: on the notice of proposed rulemaking on the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records, 42 CFR Part 2 (April 11, 2016)

ABHW Comments: on the notice of proposed rulemaking on the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records, 42 CFR Part 2 (April 11, 2016)

ABHW Press Release: ABHW Supports Changes to Outdated Substance Use Disorder Privacy Regulation (February 5, 2016)

ABHW Paper: on 42 CFR Part 2 - Now is the Time to Strengthen Protection of Substance Use Records by Revisiting the Substance Use Privacy Law (December 21, 2015)

ABHW Press Release: on 42 CFR Part 2 - All ABHW Wants for Christmas are Changes to the Substance Use Privacy Law (December 21, 2015)

ABHW Paper: on Healthcare Integration in the Era of the Affordable Care Act (August 5, 2015)

ABHW Press Release: ABHW Released Report Demonstrating Critical Role Managed Behavioral Healthcare Organizations Play in the Integration of Behavioral and Physical Health (August 5, 2015)

ABHW Press Release: on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on Psychosocial Interventions for Mental and Substance Use Disorders (July 14, 2015)

ABHW Comments on SAMHSA’s Peer Core Competencies: ABHW is pleased to see a comprehensive list of essential core competencies required by peer providers. (May 21, 2015)

ABHW Press Statement: ABHW Mourns Loss of Robin Williams (August 12, 2014)

Stamp Out Stigma highlighted in Behavioral Healthcare, MBHOs Launch Anti-Stigma Campaign for MI and SUD (May 22, 2014)

ABHW Press Release: ABHW Applauds Reps. Peters and Miller for Introducing National Mental Health No Stigma Week Resolution (May 14, 2014)

ABHW Press Release: ABHW Launches Stamp Out Stigma Campaign to Reach 1 Million People in 2014 (April 2, 2014)

Final Parity Rule Provides New Guidance for ABHW Members – The Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW) issued the following statement today in response to the release of the final Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) regulations this morning. (November 8, 2013)

ABHW letter to the Senate Finance Committee in response to the Committee’s request for information from the mental health community on how to improve the mental health system in the United States (September 30, 2013)

ABHW Press Release: ABHW President and CEO Participates in Historic White House Conference on Mental Health, Applauds National Dialogue (June 3, 2013)


Any

Questions?

Contact us anytime