Promoting Positive Portrayals of Mental Health

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What: Series of five workshops to applaude positive portrayals of mental health, promote understanding and help participants be heard.

When: First workshop is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 8). An interactive workshop will be held the third Wednesday of each month through January.

Where: Redding Library, 1100 Parkview Ave.

Details: Mental health problems are surprisingly common. At some point they affect most families in America. But studies also show that most people with mental health problems recover from them and go on to lead productive, fulfilling lives — working, raising families and playing important roles in our communities.

One major barrier to recovery is stigma — the aura of shame and blame that surrounds mental health problems. This stigma keeps people from getting the treatment they need. One way to help counter this stigma is to learn how to be a mental health advocate.

Shasta County Health and Human Services is offering a series of five workshops that seek to applaud positive portrayals of mental health in the media, promote understanding of how stigma and discrimination hurt people, and help participants make their voices heard.

The first workshop will be at 10:30 a.m. September 8 at the Redding Library, 1100 Parkview Ave. An interactive workshop will be held the third Wednesday of each month through January. For more information and to sign up, please contact Katie Cassidy at 229-8426.

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