One out of four youth have a mental illness or substance use disorder. Stigma and discrimination can have a devastating effect on them. They are our friends, family, fellow students, co-workers, and neighbors. The good news is people can and do recover from mental illness and substance use disorders and lead satisfying productive lives. If you are living with a mental illness, know someone who is, or just want to help, take our pledge to help end stigma.
Our School pledges to create a safe and welcoming environment for students and parents who have behavioral health challenges.
• I commit myself to ending stigma towards youth or adults who have a mental illness or substance use disorder by educating myself and others about these disorders.
• I will not ridicule those with a mental illnesses or substance use disorder.
• I will not use stigmatizing language like “psycho”, “mental”, “schizo” to refer to anyone whether that person has an illness or not.
• If someone tells me they are having suicidal thoughts, I will take this seriously and make sure they get the help they need.
• I realize that a mental illness or a substance use disorder is only a PART of who the person is, but it doesn’t completely define him/her. I will not judge people by their diagnosis but by who they are as a whole person.
• I know that caring friends can make all the difference in a person’s recovery, so I pledge to support others who have or develop a disorder such as anxiety or depression.
Please sign our pledge!