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“The biggest killer out there is stigma. Stigma keeps people in the shadows. Stigma keeps people from coming forward and asking for help. Stigma keeps families from admitting that there is a problem.”

 

 

Former U.S. Surgeon General

Dr. Jerome Adams

People recovering from mental illness and addiction often face harmful stigmas, leading to judgment, misunderstanding, and isolation for them and their families. Addiction and mental illness are diseases, much like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. It’s not about choice or willpower but factors beyond control, such as genetics or past trauma.


The ‘Together, Let’s Advocate for Hope’ campaign aims to inspire hope for individuals living in isolation, support families struggling in silence, and promote a stigma-free world.


Join the national conversation and share your support for mental health and overcoming addiction. Your voice can offer hope and help dismantle the stigma and shame that prevent individuals and families from seeking help. Share your story today and make a difference!


Three lucky winners will be randomly selected to win a $250 Visa Gift Card. Entries will be accepted from June 27, 2024, through December 20, 2024. Click the link below for official rules, submission criteria, and upload instructions.

For further information, please contact Anne Mantha at amantha@guesthouse.org or 248.393.8910. #TogetherLetsAdvocateforHope.

 

NO PURCHASE OR VIDEO SUBMISSION NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Starts 6/27/24 and ends 12/20/24, subject to Official Rules available at https://guesthouse.org/from-silence-to-support/. Open to legal residents of the 50 US and DC, at least 18+ or age of majority, whichever is greater. 

Void where prohibited.

 

 

 

 

KNOW THE FACTS

Ending stigma starts by educating ourselves and others on addiction and mental health.

  • Mental illness is a risk factor for addiction, and the two diseases often overlap. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 17 million American adults experienced both mental illness and a substance use disorder in 2020.
  • Genetics play a significant role: As much as 50% of your risk of developing drug or alcohol addiction depends on your genes, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  • There are gender differences in seeking treatment: Men are less likely than women to seek treatment for mental health concerns, according to the National Institute on Mental Health.
  • Teens face a higher risk: Teens are at higher risk of mental health issues, underscoring the importance of open communication among family members. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 in 3 high school students experienced persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness in 2019—a 40% increase over the last decade.