Ending Stigma Campaign

The Ethel and James Flinn Foundation partnered with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in 2015 to launch a multi-year statewide campaign to reduce the stigma of mental health. A series of 30 minute videos and social media campaign were developed to increase awareness to help identify the signs of mental health conditions, share personal stories from people who have experienced mental health challenges and to provide resources to help. The Foundation produced six powerful 30 minute videos that aired on cable and local television throughout the state. These videos are owned by the Flinn Foundation and available free to the community for download and use. Prior approval is not necessary and we encourage schools, health providers and an other community organizations to share the videos with the populations they serve as well as the general public. If you have any other questions regarding use of the videos, please email info@flinnfoundation.org.

Opening Minds – Ending Stigma: Campus Challenges

“Opening Minds Ending Stigma: Campus Challenges,” a riveting 30-minute documentary is a program that features candid and inspiring stories of college students and their families impacted by mental illness, illuminates the challenges presented by mental health conditions, the stigma that often delays effective treatment, and that recovery is possible. Also discussed is the rising suicide rate among young people on campus. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students.
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Opening Minds – Breaking Barriers

“Opening Minds Ending Stigma: Breaking Barriers,” a riveting 30-minute documentary is a program that features candid and inspiring stories of Michigan families impacted by mental illness, who, following treatment and recovery, are actively involved in mental health advocacy and support.
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Opening Minds – Ending Stigma: Saving Young Lives

“Opening Minds Ending Stigma: Saving Young Lives,” a 30-minute documentary features candid and inspiring stories of young Michigan residents and families impacted by mental illness, who, following treatment and recovery, are actively involved in mental health advocacy and support.
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Opening Minds – Ending Stigma: Early Intervention Is Key

Opening Minds Ending Stigma “Early Intervention is Key” is a 30-minute film features inspiring and candid stories of young Michigan residents and families impacted by mental illness, illuminates the challenges presented by mental disorders, the stigma that often delays effective treatment, and that recovery is possible. Leading Michigan-based experts in pediatric care, educators, parent/child relationships and peer support programs also appear to bring greater understanding of the importance of early intervention.
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Opening Minds – Ending Stigma

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation in partnership with the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority is proud to present “Opening Minds, Ending Stigma” – a compelling 30-minute TV special. The special features Michigan leaders, mental health organizations, and people with mental illness in a probing look at the issues and solutions in delivering care and ending the stigma associated with it.
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Opening Minds – Youth Perspective

OPENING MINDS – ENDING STIGMA, A YOUNG PERSON’S PERSPECTIVE, a new video for broadcast and educational use, explores the warning signs and early intervention approaches that can address mental illness at its most treatable stage. Through personal stories which are candidly told by young people who have faced challenges associated with a variety of mental disorders, viewers discover when and where to seek help. The 30-minute special aims to promote understanding of mental illness and remove obstacles to treatment for children, adolescents, and young adults.
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