The Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma Associated with Mental Illness (ADS Center) provides practical assistance to individuals, States, and public and private organizations in the design, implementation, and operation of programs and initiatives to reduce discrimination and stigma.
The ADS Center produces a semi-annual memorandum which spotlights campaigns and includes articles from those fighting discrimination and stigma, and those experiencing it. The most recent issue features NAMI's In Our Own Voice Program. Read the memorandum now and past issues..
"Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General" identified stigma as one of the major barriers that discourage adults with mental illnesses, and the families of children and adolescents with serious emotional disorders, from seeking treatment. Among the consequences of discrimination and stigma for adults who have mental illnesses are lowered self-esteem; disrupted family relationships; and increased difficulty in building connections in the community, securing housing, and obtaining employment. Children who experience discrimination and stigma may be scarred for life.
The goal of the ADS Center is to enhance mental health consumer independence and community participation by ensuring that people have all the information they need to develop successful efforts to counteract discrimination and stigma.
The ADS Center will act as a key resource and tool for the companion Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) program, the Elimination of Barriers Initiative (EBI). The EBI works with States and other stakeholders to reduce the discrimination and stigma associated with mental illnesses. Over a three-year period, the EBI will develop and test models and public education materials - including radio, television, and print public service announcements (PSAs) - in eight pilot States around the country. Upon completion of the evaluation, CMHS will distribute the resulting evidence-based public education practices and materials to States and communities across the nation.
The ADS Center's toll-free number is 1-800-540-0320. They are open Monday-Friday (9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern Time) with bilingual (English/Spanish) staff.
11420 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
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