Imagine if you were blamed for having cancer,
if you were called “weak” for having Multiple Sclerosis,
or if you were told your diabetes was “all in your head.”
One in 4 adults are affected by mental illness, and one in 10 children suffer from a diagnosable mental health condition. Yet, the stigma surrounding mental illness keep all those who are affected whispering about their diagnosis in shame, ignoring their symptoms due to fear, and avoiding treatment out of embarrassment or denial. This is why the Mullica Hill Women’s Triathlon Club, with the support of many members, has selected the Destigmatization of Mental Illness as our 2013 Cause.
Together with Bring Change 2 Mind, a national anti-stigma campaign founded by Glenn Close, the Mullica Hill Women’s Triathlon Club is committed to raising awareness and reducing the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. Our goal is to educate members about risk factors and symptoms, debunk common myths, share personal stories, and extend support through local resources. By arming our members with information and courage, together we can all spread the truth about mental illness and erase the associated stigma and discrimination surrounding it.
Though there are many mental health issues, the club will focus specifically on the following four this year: the Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Suicide. Each quarter we will feature one of these disorders in detail via a separate newsletter devoted specifically to our cause. To assist with our campaign, we will conduct an educational workshop in April which will include educational presentations as well as personal member stories. This workshop will not only allow for Q & A from a panel of experts but will also put a face to these diagnoses.
Change a mind about mental illness
and change a life.
In conjunction with our awareness goals, the MHWTC will also hold several fun events throughout the year to help raise money for both Bring Change 2 Mind and local community organizations. Money will be raised through our tech shirt sponsorship, the 2nd Annual Golf Outing, a Comedy Night, and a 10 mile road race.
For more information on the MHWTC 2013 Charity, related events, or sponsorship please contact Lydia DelRosso at email@example.com
MENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION AND RESOURCES AVAILABLE AT 877-726-4727