#LookBeyond is a campaign to reduce stigma and increase understanding, support and positive attitudes toward people throughout Kalamazoo County who are living with and/or are affected by Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorders and Developmental disabilities.
Mental health, substance use, and developmental disability challenges have been increasing in the U.S. These challenges affect thousands of people in Kalamazoo County. They are all potentially subject to stigma, as well as their families and caregivers. Stigma has RIPPLE EFFECTS. For our community to thrive, we need to address it.
By reducing stigma, the entire community can benefit in areas like health, education and overall wellbeing. KCMHSAS (Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services) is proud to have provided direct service to thousands of individuals for over 50 years in our community. With #LookBeyond, we hope to also address SYSTEMIC CHANGE that will improve the lives of the populations we serve – and the larger community as well.-
The Look Beyond Team will give a short presentation at our July GMM at 7:00 pm where we will take the pledge to be a stigma-free organization and get some swag bags and our picture taken.
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