Many of our world leaders and role models have been speaking out about the issues with the stigma of mental illness in youth and adults. The Royal Family has been traveling around the globe urging people to seek help and break the stigma. The Royal Family is not the only one fighting to eliminate the issues with mental health, First Lady Michelle Obama was interviewed and featured in the October issues of Prevention magazine.
Throughout her interview Michelle Obama spoke out on the stigma of mental illness in youth, highlighting on the negative stereotypes associated with mental illness. The First Lady states:
“We need to teach our kids that mental illnesses are just like physical illnesses and deserve the same kind of care and compassion.”
A Change for Veterans
This isn’t the first time the First Lady has spoken out about mental health, her and Jill Biden launched Joining Forces, a nationwide initiative designed to support veterans and service members. She discussed how she would continue to meet service members and military spouses who were hesitant to ask for help because they thought they should be able to handle it themselves, or that seeking help would mean they were weak or broken.
A Change for Youth
Now Michelle Obama is on a new fight to bring awareness to the stigma of mental illness in youth. In 2015, she helped launch the Campaign to Change Direction, which works to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. To achieve this the campaign urges Americans to learn the common signs of emotional distress and common mental health issues. They hope that educating on the common symptoms will help families, peers, and businesses encourage others to get the help they need.
If you or your child are dealing with mental illnesses, there are programs available that can help.