Mental health advocates work to ‘stop the stigma of mental illness’ and raise awareness

Insider Louisville LogoAccording to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), about 1 in 5 U.S. adults experiences a mental illness in a given year. To raise awareness during May, which has been known as Mental Health Month since 1949, those in the business of treating and helping those individuals are using the hashtag #mentalillnessfeelslike throughout social media.

Jean Henry, who was recently named Executive Director of NAMI-Louisville, said one goal of the campaign is awareness.

“We want to stop the stigma of mental illness,” she said in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “People with mental illness suffer because of people’s attitudes and ignorance of the issue.”

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