Stigma: Normalizing Conversations about Mental Health

Stigma: Normalizing Conversations about Mental Health

The need to highlight mental health is more critical than ever!

Thank you for supporting Tampa Bay Thrives with your donation.

Your gift helps to destigmatize mental health and improve access and navigation to services for neighbors like Janice. She reached out unsure where to turn as she struggled with anxiety and depression after a divorce. Let’s Talk connected her with someone to talk to immediately as well as options for a long-term care plan.

During the next few weeks, we hope to build your awareness about the key pillars of our work: stigma, access, navigation and supportive services. As you learn more, we want to inspire you to take even further action.

We are experiencing a whole new pandemic—this one surrounding mental health. By speaking openly about our mental health, we are one step closer to destigmatizing the need to get help and saying, ‘it’s okay to not be okay.’”

Thank you for your generosity!

Who is Tampa Bay Thrives?

Tampa Bay Thrives is a nonprofit coalition of community leaders who care about mental health – public safety, hospitals, insurers, providers, schools, and employers – who banded together to tackle the mental health crisis across Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay Thrives is changing the landscape for mental health. By destigmatizing seeking help for services, improving access and navigation, we create systems-based solutions and support the network of mental and behavioral health providers to scale these solutions.

Around half of people in the U.S. will meet the criteria for a mental health condition at some point in their life!

But navigating to seek services is difficult! Tampa Bay Thrives survey data found:

  • 70% indicated it was very challenging to find resources or get a referral for their mental health condition or substance use disorder.

According to Mental Health America, our region is:

  • 3rd highest in the nation for prevalence of mental illness
  • 12th highest for serious mental illness
  • 2nd in the nation for suicidal ideation
  • Largest rising demographic for screenings is teenagers and young adults (up to 34) – 83% of the screens