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.
Stigma leads to …
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).
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