Recovery WORKS Newsletter Mental Health: Everyone Has It! Welcome to the issue of Recovery WORKS!
Please click on Office of Individual and Family Affairs to see the Recovery Works Newsletter. The Office of Individual & Family Affairs (OIFA) promotes recovery, resiliency and wellness for individuals with mental health and substance use challenges and their families. OIFA collaborates with key leadership and community members in the decision making process at all levels of the behavioral health system. In partnership with the community, we:
Advocate for the development of culturally inclusive environments that are welcoming to individuals and families.
Establish structures to promote diverse youth, family and individual voices in leadership positions throughout Arizona.
Deliver training, technical assistance and instructional materials for individuals and their families.
Ensure peer support and family support are available to all persons receiving services and their families.
Monitor contractor performance and measure outcomes.
People with mental disorders must often cope with the sting of social stigma in addition to their illness. Those with mental disorders have long staggered under the weight of negative attitudes and beliefs that cause others to fear them, avoid them and shun them.
Stigma shapes how people interact with those with behavioral health challenges. Stigma keeps others from socializing with those with mental illness. Some landlords won't rent to someone with mental illness; some employers won't hire them. Negative public perceptions sometimes hamper a persons' access to housing, employment and funding for care. The discrimination associated with stigma can seriously affect a person's willingness to seek, or continue, treatment for mental illness. Stigma can erode a person's self-esteem and sense of dignity so that shame prevents them from seeking help.
The number people with a diagnosable mental illness couldn't live in one state. The 57.7 million people with mental illness are greater than the populations of California, New York, Rhode Island and the U.S. Virgin Islands combined.
Reducing stigma and promoting inclusion is a societal responsibility takes all of us. Wellness, for each of us, includes physical health and mental health. Every human being, no matter their age, gender, ethnicity, orientation or income -has mental health.
In an effort to reduce stigma and build a greater sense of community that supports people with mental illness and substance use disorders, the Arizona Stigma Reduction Committee (ASRC) was established to lead the change.
Overcoming stigma and increasing community inclusion starts with you and grows from there. You can start by simply being more aware of the language you use. Then educate yourself and others about mental health and learn the many more things you can do to help fight stigma!