GrapeVine Helps Remove the Stigma of Mental Health
Mental health can be a challenging topic, whether you’re talking about your own or a loved one’s. However, with one in five Americans affected by a mental illness, it’s crucial that we discuss, learn about, and remove the stigma on this topic. In 2016, WWHF’s GrapeVine Project provided mental health education to women statewide.
Supported by a grant from the Charles E. Kubly Foundation, WWHF updated the GrapeVine community education unit entitled “Mental Health: What Every Woman Needs to Know.” The session focuses on:
The prevalence of mental illness;
Signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression;
Mental health protective factors and self-care
How to help reduce the stigma of this very prevalent issue.
285 women attended this unit presented by our volunteer GrapeVine nurses throughout Wisconsin. “[The most important message I remember from the GrapeVine session is that] mental health is just as important as physical health as we age,” remarked one attendee.
Not only does WWHF encourage the awareness of individual mental health concerns, but also to advocate for family and friends. Two-thirds of women who attended the session reported learning of a new mental health resource in their community that they could access themselves or refer someone to.
The Mental Health unit also touches on how mental health issues can have a physical effect, the connection between spirituality and mental health, and tech resources to promote positive mental health self-care.
Interested in learning more? Want to attend a GrapeVine session in your area? View our Events Calendar, or contact Nora Miller, Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.