Overcome The Stigma and Get Healthy

Mental illness is an equal-opportunity illness. Every one of us is impacted by mental illness. One in five adults are dealing with this illness, and many are not seeking help because the stigma prevents that.  —Margaret Larson

If you are reading this post, you know someone who is dealing with or has dealt with mental illness.  Millions of Americans are impacted by poor mental health — regardless of age, race, ethnicity, political or religious beliefs, family history, or any other demographic or personal facts.   Millions of American are also afraid to seek the treatment and support they need to become mentally healthy again.  Simply put, there is a huge stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment, a perceived weakness on the part of many.  Individuals who would think nothing of going to a doctor for a broken arm would never consider seeking the help of a therapist to address a mental health issue. 

The Bridges Outpatient Mental Health program serves more than 500 individuals and families each year, helping each to identify their challenges and address them with proven and high quality services.  As a program of Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo, Bridges is proud to serve people in need, empowering them to honestly address their problems and become healthy again.  Bridges offers counseling to individuals, couples, and families and serves people of all ages.  If you have a question or concern, please call the program at 269-381-1234 and learn more about the services we offer. 

We are also proud to offer a specialized group, “Young Ladies of Worth” to young women who need support as they face the difficult challenges associated with growing up.  The group is starting a new session in September and we are currently accepting referrals for young ladies who would like to participate.  Please check out the information below and call us with questions. 

As a community of committed and caring professionals, we’d like to remind you that your mental health is as important as your physical health.  We encourage you to take care of your entire self — you are the only one who truly has the power to do so.

It’s up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind. 

–Steve Maraboli


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