The Stamp It Out Partnership is led by Anti-Stigma Ambassadors. These are people of all ages with personal lived experience of mental health issues. All Anti-Stigma Ambassadors have a passion for challenging the stigma around mental health.
What is an Anti-Stigma Ambassador?
‘’Stamp it Out is an exceptional force for change, speaking up loud and proud to end mental health stigma. When I am here I can be myself; I know I am amongst friends who share a common experience and who always have my back. Living silently with depression makes you feel so alone. Finding spaces where you're able to speak about it is like someone turning the lights on. I talk about my lived experience now so that people can see that there is hope and opportunity.
We've seen great change already, but there are still many misconceptions about mental ill-health and we have to keep on building our campaign to reach further into our communities’’.
Join other Ambassadors in helping us to create change for the benefit of all living in County Durham. We would support you to share your own positive experiences of addressing barriers and challenging attitudes in ways that work for you. There is no minimum or maximum commitment to being an Anti-Stigma Ambassador.
Depending on your skills and interests there are many different ways for you to get involved and have a voice in helping to change attitudes towards those of us living with a mental health problem. You can do this by:
Sharing stories through a video or blog
Organising or attending activities or events
Challenging negative or stigmatising language around mental health (it is not always the words but the tone/way they are used too)
Supporting a peer/others
Create ways of improving understanding – helpful tips and resources
Helping others understand the impact of their actions or words
Celebrating something you have done to make a difference
Sharing ideas of how to help others with understanding about Self Stigma
Interested in becoming an Anti-Stigma Ambassador?
Want to know more?
Want to share your ideas?
Want to get involved with the activities in communities across County Durham?
Please get in touch! We would love to hear from you.
If you are concerned about your own, or a loved ones mental health, please visit our contact page to find suitable helplines to suit your current needs.