Mental Health Connecticut (MHC) is committed to educating people about mental health and wellness through community forums, workshops, materials and events. MHC believes our communities will attain whole health through information, tools and skill-building that promote understanding and acceptance. Education is critical to changing the way in which mental health is perceived and how individuals with mental health conditions are treated.
MHC offers a variety of educational opportunities to increase awareness around mental health and wellness and to promote prevention and early intervention of mental health conditions. Such opportunities include:
- Educational Forums: MHC offers educational forums and mental health discussions at corporations, community events, libraries, and other venues. Topics include Promoting Mental Health, Depression in the Workplace, Managing Stress, and The Sandwich Generation: How to Effectively Manage Raising Children and Caring for Aging Parents.
- Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is a public education program for adults designed to increase knowledge of and modify attitudes towards behavioral health issues, including how to respond to individuals who are experiencing an acute mental health crisis (such as suicidal thoughts and/or behavior, acute stress reaction, panic attacks, and/or psychotic behavior) or are in the early stages of one or more chronic mental health problems (such as depressive, anxiety, and/or psychotic disorders. With certified instructors on staff, MHC offers Mental Health First Aid trainings to transition-aged youth-serving adults in Litchfield County as part of the Now is the Time Project Aware Mental Health First Aid grant initiative.
- Write On!: Write On! is a writing class offered free of charge to people diagnosed with a mental health condition who want to become powerful storytellers and self-advocates. Participants will improve their writing skills, increase their ability to use the craft of writing to take their next step in recovery, and learn how to use storytelling to educate others on the realities of living with a mental health condition.
To schedule an educational event for your business or community, contact Suzi Craig at SCraig@mhconn.org.
According to Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General:
“Stigmatization of people with mental disorders has persisted throughout history. It is manifested by bias, distrust, stereotyping, fear, embarrassment, anger, and/or avoidance. Stigma leads others to avoid living, socializing or working with, renting to, or employing people with mental disorders, especially severe disorders such as schizophrenia (Penn & Martin, 1998; Corrigan & Penn, 1999). It reduces patients’ access to resources and opportunities (e.g., housing, jobs) and leads to low self-esteem, isolation, and hopelessness. It deters the public from seeking, and wanting to pay for, care. In its most overt and egregious form, stigma results in outright discrimination and abuse. More tragically, it deprives people of their dignity and interferes with their full participation in society.”
Read the full report from the Surgeon General.
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Mental health and wellness are integral to whole health. However, it is not uncommon for people to experience times in their lives or in the lives of their loved ones when optimal mental health is unattainable. In fact, one in four people will experience a mental illness sometime during their life.
Assist with administrative tasks and external correspondence designed to educate the community about mental health issues, as well as other volunteer positions at our organization.