Fighting the Stigma

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WEB EXCLUSIVE Dubbed an “invisible” illness, mental illness can oft take a backseat to or be overlooked by—not quantifiable or observable like its physical counterpart (think broken leg, cancer, etc.). But the two are no different—and that parity could help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.

Each year, millions grapple with mental health—right now, nationally, 1 in 5 people are living with some form of a mental illness. Shining a much needed spotlight, May is Mental Health Awareness Month (#MHAM), working this year to amplify the message that “you are not alone” by focusing on the healing capacity of community and connection. 

Leaning into that messaging, we’ve rounded up some resources and orgs that can meet you where you are (in person, telehealth, app, etc.), with the aim of helping healthy minds thrive and/or connecting the community. And, remember, “mental health is not a destination, but a process.” If you need additional help or support, don’t hesitate to reach out to loved ones or seek a trusted professional.

Current Wellness

We can’t talk about fighting the stigma around mental health without mentioning Current Wellness. This new DTR biz is all about reducing the shame surrounding mental health and normalizing help-seeking behaviors. Whether it’s through movement classes or numerous services (think chiropractic treatments, mental health counseling, wellness coaching or massage therapy), the wellness center’s goal is to make you feel like the best version of yourself. 3 classes for $20 (current special); membership options available


Founded in 1958, Monarch is a Raleigh-based not-for-profit organization that supports and empowers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs), mental illness and substance-use disorders in achieving their goals. With services ranging from telehealth services to residential options, there’s a treatment plan for everyone. Despite the challenges that may come with mental illness, the organization is here to help you thrive in 2021 and beyond.

Healthy Minds Innovations App

Bring a little balance and peace into your life with the Healthy Minds Innovations App. The app was designed on four pillars: awareness, connection, insight and purpose. Its goal is to help calm your anxieties around everyday or professional stresses, likely at an all-time high for many over the past year especially. The app has a variety of sessions that fit in with any lifestyle, including traditional sitting meditations and active on-the-go meditations that last anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes. Additionally, in honor of World Meditations Day on May 21, Healthy Minds Innovation will be hosting a live meditation via YouTube at 10am EST. And, exhale.

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