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NEW PSA FIGHTS MENTAL HEALTH STIGMA
Rights Society Launches Campaign in Support of Suicide Awareness Month
LAS VEGAS, September 9, 2017 – Las Vegas-based activist group Rights Society announced today the launch of its new public service announcement (PSA) in honor of September’s “Suicide Awareness Month.” The PSA features four personal stories of those battling mental health disorders and urges viewers to fight the associated misconceptions through community activism. Additionally, it provides educational information about the signs and symptoms of suicide risk.
“Nevada’s mental health system has been suffering for entirely too long,” explains Rights Society member Denise Hooks, who also narrates the PSA. “Having a mental health disorder is one of the most significant factors in suicidal behavior. That can’t be ignored. To address the rate of suicide in Nevada we must begin by addressing Nevada’s stigma surrounding mental health and the services provided for our population. We are doing that, at a local level, with community activism.”
According to the PSA, Nevada has the fourth highest suicide rate in the nation and kills more people than car crashes. Although suicide is generally associated with depression, a plethora of mental health conditions can put an individual at risk. The video features personal stories told by those with Postpartum Anxiety, Mild Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and Major Depressive Disorder with Social Anxiety and Panic Disorder.
“Mental health challenges are nothing to be ashamed of,” Rights Society Co-Founder Ambra Weight says. “We are all in this together, and we need to come together as a community to raise awareness and fight the stigma so that fewer people suffer alone.”
Founded in September 2016, Rights Society is a nonpartisan, volunteer-based 501(c)(4) organization actively working toward solutions to the core problems facing Nevada. Membership is open to all who wish to contribute to real grassroots change. Current areas of research include public education, criminal justice, and mental health. For more information, visit www.rightssociety.us.