Organization breaking mental health stigma for 91 years

Organization breaking mental health stigma for 91 years

Martina Gollin-Graves is the president and CEO of Mental Health America of Wisconsin — an organization that facilitates mental health programs and resources. Especially if you don’t feel like yourself. According to tot the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five adults will experience mental health challenges each year.  “I think there’s been a lack of understanding and knowledge about how our brain is still a part of our body,” said Gollin-Graves.

Activity doing something to benefit the mind and body.  “People should really be thinking about mental health as an extension of their physical health,” said Martina Gollin-Graves, President and CEO of Mental Health America of Wisconsin. 

“I encourage people to connect with another human being, someone you care about,” said Gollin-Graves.  MILWAUKEE – May is Mental Health Awareness Month — and one Milwaukee organization has been breaking down the stigma around mental health for 91 years. 

FREE DOWNLOAD: Get breaking news alerts in the FOX6 News app for iOS or Android “What we’ve learned is that still being part of the community and still being integrated with family and friends is what helps people fully recover. So until everyone buys into that and understands how healthy that is for not only the individual but the community, we’re still going to experience shame,” said Gollin-Graves.  Martina hopes people who take action for their mental health share their experience to break the stigma surrounding mental health. 

“I think in the last year there have been more subtle symptoms due to COVID-19 and the pandemic. We’re seeing a decrease in work performance, kids decrease in school performance, and increased anxiety who typically never had mental health challenges,” said Gollin-Graves. Some people facing these challenges for the first time ever.

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