UH Hilo community is invited to help stop stigma about mental health services

We are a campus that cares! UH Hilo faculty, staff and students are invited to submit a photo, creative drawing, painting, or video to be used for the Anti-Stigma Project to spread the word that everyone’s mental health matters.

Flyer: Anti-Stigma Project Help to stop the stigma on our campus by contributing to anti-stigma campaign project! Let's spread the word that mental health matter and we are campus that cares!

A message from Farrah-Marie Gomes, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs , University of Hawai‘i at Hilo:

Farrah-Marie Gomes
Farrah-Marie Gomes

In light of ongoing uncertainty from the pandemic, we continue to see students who are struggling to balance life demands during these challenging times. Na Kia‘i O Ke Ola, our UH Hilo Suicide Prevention Program funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has been collecting videos as part of an Anti-Stigma Project to help stop the stigma associated with reaching out and seeking help on our campus. I invite you to help us spread the word that everyone’s mental health matters and that we are a campus that cares!

UH Hilo faculty, staff and students are eligible to submit a photo, creative drawing, painting, video, etc. See [website] for information about the project and how you can contribute. Please forward and share with others as well. There are three weeks left to submit an entry.

Sample ways to contribute: banners and posters.
Sample ways to contribute to the Anti-Stigma Campaign.

As many of you know, counseling is a useful tool that can help people develop coping skills and process emotions and feelings. But for some, the negative stigma that surrounds therapy sessions is a major deterrent to seeking help. This negative perception still makes some people hesitant about giving counseling a try.

We hope that through this Anti-Stigma Project, we will be able to help our students gain a growing awareness of the benefits of counseling for people of all backgrounds and situations of life.

Thank you in advance for your support and help for the project. If you have any questions, please reach out to Raynell Espaniola, our Campus Health Promotion Specialist and SAMHSA Grant Coordinator.

Farrah-Marie Gomes
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
UH Hilo