StigmaFree on Campus
“NAMI needs the help of students, faculties and administrators to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health conditions, based on demeaning stereotypes and misinformation. Stigma discourages people from seeking help when they need it and when it is internalized jeopardizes recovery.”
–NAMI Executive Director Mary Giliberti
Everyday NAMI fights misconceptions and stereotypes about mental health conditions. Stigmafree is our movement to end the stigma associated with mental illness.
The age of many college students is a crucial time when it comes to mental health. Most people who live with mental illness are diagnosed by the time they turn 24, over half of all students living with mental illness will drop out of school and suicide is the second-leading cause of death for college students.
As part of our StigmaFree campaign, we are trying to encourage college campuses around the country to help us build our movement and change lives for the better.
Join us in creating a StigmaFree campus!
The first step in making your campus StigmaFree is by taking the pledge and encouraging others to take it as well.
The StigmaFree pledge is a commitment to:
- Be educated on mental illness
- See the person, not the illness
- To take action against stigma
Take the Pledge
Together we can stop stigma from being a barrier against people seeking help and speaking out. With your help, we can end stigma and make the world a better place.
StigmaFree Campus Resources
NAMI on Campus
You don't need a NAMI on Campus club to start making a difference with StigmaFree. NAMI on Campus clubs provide students with a peer-run mental health organization on campus. These student-led clubs help:
- Support fellow students
- Raise mental health awareness
- Educate the campus community
- Promote and advocate for services and supports
NAMI on Campus clubs address mental health issues so that all students have a positive, successful and fun college experience.