Funded by Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS), led by PEERS, the Alameda County Everyone Counts Campaign is a groundbreaking effort to end stigma and discrimination against people with mental health experiences.
The Campaign aims to eradicate two types of stigma. External stigma, which refers to the attitudes held by society that people with mental health issues are somehow lacking, incapable, incompetent, or not worthy of dignified and equitable treatment. Internal stigma is the attitude held by the person with mental health challenges that they are unworthy, unlovable, and unvalued.
We firmly believe that a socially inclusive society leads to the betterment of all its members. By eliminating barriers caused by unequal treatment, we can live, love, learn, and work together, ultimately achieving more as a community than by ourselves.
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