DESTINATION DIGNITY MARCH
The Rally & March for Dignity on Monday, August 24th (organized by www.destinationdignity.org) was a great success! It called to attention to the need to fight against the dehumanizing stigma that surrounds mental illness. It called attention to the consequences of ignoring mental health treatment … and the need to treat everyone with the dignity and respect that we all deserve.
Know the Five Signs … to CHANGE DIRECTION!
Woodley House is proud to be a Founding Partner of CHANGE DIRECTION … and on March 4th, joined over 400 concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector at the Newseum for the launch of this exciting new public awareness campaign. CHANGE DIRECTION is dedicated to changing the story about how we talk about mental health in America.
One in five Americans has a diagnosable mental illness, but too many don’t understand the warning signs or are reluctant to seek help because of the stigma involved. It’s time to come together to open the conversation … or ‘flip the script’ as First Lady Michelle Obama said in her stirring keynote speech. “Our mental health is just as vital as our physical health, it’s time we start treating it that way”. She spoke about the real and dangerous consequences when people don’t get the help they need – and recounted the story of one veteran who nearly succumbed to the pressures of PTSD and depression, but found help and a new beginning. He was in the audience and received a standing ovation … it was a morning of emotional and inspiring stories, as well as informative panels by experts in the mental health field.
CHANGE DIRECTION asks people to learn the 5 SIGNS OF SUFFERING … Personality change; Agitation; Isolation; Poor self care (diet, personal hygiene, risky behavior); Hopelessness. If you recognize these signs in yourself or in family member or friend, you might want to reach out for help. Please see www.changedirection.org for more information about this very important campaign and take the pledge yourself to join with us to start the conversation. Only by breaking the barriers of silence can we really make change happen.
Witnesses — a short film about Woodley House by Charles Guggenheim
In 1999, Academy Award-winning director, Charles Guggenheim produced and directed a short film Witnesses that told the story of six individuals whose lives were touched by their Woodley House experience. Please take a moment to watch the film below. It is truly … treatment that works.
WATCH THE VIDEO here.