Seleni Institute Celebrates 5 year anniversary and Launches #SoLongStigma Campaign for Mental Health Awareness Month
New York, May 3, 2018 – The Seleni Institute celebrates its five year anniversary! Seleni’s impact so far:
- More than 2,000 patients treated
- More than 1,000 professionals trained
- More than 500 support groups held
- More than 400 young parents supported
Seleni was founded upon the knowledge that there is a misconception that mental and physical health are very separate. People know that when they have a cut, they bandage it; when they break their leg, they mend it; and when they have a cold, they treat it.
But what does someone do when emotions need similar attention? While emotional and mental health challenges may not be visible, they still require the same level of care. However, stigma often causes undue shame, creates significant barriers to treatment, and can even worsen suffering by silencing individuals.
That’s why in May, for Mental Health Awareness Month, Seleni Institute invited individuals to join them in saying #SoLongStigma! The Institute’s goal is to create a stigma-free path for individuals and families to seek the emotional health care they need. It created this campaign to make mental and emotional health visible.
- Share a photo or video on social media of how you say #SoLongStigma. Tell us in your own words how you’ve faced and overcome stigma or join the conversation by using one of the examples from our toolkit as inspiration.
- Ask someone on social media to share their thoughts on saying #SoLongStigma.
- Copy/Paste some Seleni-suggested posts into your channels.
- Use the #SoLongSitgma graphic from our toolkit, retweet or share @Selenidotorg posts during May on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
- We will contribute $1 to our financial assistance program every time #SoLongStigma is used. Please join us in saying #SoLongStigma by matching our campaign contributions with just $1.
Thank you for participating in Seleni’s campaign – please forward this to your friends, family and colleagues! Join us in saying #SoLongStigma and help end the stigma that surrounds mental health today.