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posted September 8, 2020

The Wellbeing Partners, in partnership with PGP (The Public Good Projects), has created a community-led, grassroots campaign to improve social acceptance of mental health conditions and substance use disorders in the Douglas, Pottawattamie, Cass, and Sarpy Counties. The campaign helps to educate the local community about mental health and show that no one is defined by a mental health condition.

WhatMakesUs is a contact-based campaign designed to challenge perceptions and change the conversation around mental health. This campaign is a collection of photo and video testimonials from community members living with mental health conditions and their allies, highlighting what makes them who they are — not defined by a mental health condition. These testimonials are then distributed across multiple social media platforms and by community partners. By sharing stories from real people in the community, stigma is reduced by highlighting shared interests, values and experiences, and showing that what makes us who we are is about so much more than whether or not we live with a mental health condition. To learn more or share your story visit www.WhatMakesUs.com

Spokesimals Midwest is an education-based campaign inspired by the unconditional love and understanding that animals provide. The campaign invites community members to submit pictures and videos of their animals and/or pets, which are then paired with simple messages of encouragement, support, and facts about mental health. These messages are for everyone, not just people who have an interest in mental health or live with a mental health condition. We believe the more you know about mental health, the less society will allow mental health conditions to be stigmatized. To learn more or submit your animal visit www.SpokesimalsMidwest.com.

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This page was printed from the Southwest Iowa Mental Health & Disability Services Region on December 2, 2020. For the latest information, visit swiamhds.org.