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Break the Silence

Every community faces its own unique barriers and challenges when it comes to addressing mental health issues, however, in some communities those hardships are increased by lack of resources and cultural stigma.  EEUCC's Our Caring Corner has started the Break the Silence campaign to work on bringing about more awareness to mental health issues in our community through education and advocacy.


​What is Stigma?


  • An attempt to label a particular group of people as less worthy of respect than others
  • A mark of shame, disgrace or disapproval that results in discrimination
  • Not just a matter of using the wrong word or action – its about disrespect

What does Stigma have to do with Mental Illness?

Stigma leads to …

  • Fear, mistrust, and violence against people living with mental illness and their families
  • Family and friends turning their backs on people with mental illness
  • Prejudice and discrimination

Discrimination against people who have mental illnesses keeps them from seeking help



It’s more common than you think...
  • An estimated 26.2% of Americans ages 18 and older — about 1 in 4 adults — experience a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. That is 57.7 million people in the United States (2004 U.S. Census).

  • One in 10 children have a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.
  • 1 in 4 families has at least one member with a mental disorder.

Mental Health is Important. Break the Silence.

End the Stigma


Our Caring Corner at East End United Community Center has Social Workers available for you to talk to whether you want more information about becoming a Mental Health Advocate, have questions about mental illness, or if you just need someone to talk to.




Sources: Washington State Coalition for Mental Health Reporting 2016. * Anti-Stigma: Do You Know the Facts? SAMHSA Mental Health Information Center. 2003 * Challenging Stereotypes: An Action Guide. SAMHSA. 2001 * Mental Health: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity. A Report of the Surgeon General. 2001

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