What is mental health?
According to the World Health Organization, mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. Mental health conditions are disorders that affect your physical, mental, and emotional health. Some examples include Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorder. Approximately 1 in every 5 adults suffer from a mental health condition.
What is mental health stigma?
Mental health stigma occurs when individuals who suffer from mental health conditions face prejudice, discrimination, or judgement due to their condition. Stigma can take place on a personal level when someone has negative ideas or stereotypes about mental health conditions. It can also take place on a societal level when individuals who have mental health conditions face institutional discrimination.
What is Stigma Free USC?
Stigma Free USC is an initiative from the University of South Carolina Student Government to break the negative stigma surrounding mental health and encourage mental wellness in students. We aim to accomplish this in the following ways:
1. Raise awareness of different mental health conditions and their prevalence at the University of South Carolina
2. Encourage students to tell their stories of recovery and hope in order to bring light to the reality of mental health
3. Host events that enable students to increase their mental wellness