Thoughts from a former youth BTS-NM presenter….
It is imperative that we spread mental health awareness and education throughout New Mexico. Without it, our communities are more susceptible to fall for stereotypes and stigma that accompanies mental illness.
As someone with mental illness, I know the judgement that comes along with this disease. Not many people understand what mental illness is; people often fear what they do not know.
Mental illness is very common. It is very commonly unrecognized by both onlookers and those suffering from them.
Mental illness awareness education is vital to the youth of New Mexico, for there is so much stigma around mental illnesses. Stigma leads to bullying and a lack of support for those in need.
Education through programs like Breaking the Silence/NM corrects misconceptions about mental illnesses.