Stigma is treating a person with a mental health issue differently than a person with a physical health issue.
Share a message of hope at Do Send A Card
Usually when someone is hospitalized for medical reasons, friends, family and co-workers send get well cards, flowers, and offer to help while they are recovering. But when a person is hospitalized for a mental health condition or crisis, most patients do not receive the same out pouring of cards or offers of help. Why Not? Often friends, family, and co-workers don’t know what to do. They may wonder “Is it appropriate to send a card? What would I say?” We are here to say Yes!!It is very appropriate and appreciated!
MHASF will deliver all greeting cards on our monthly visits to San Francisco General Hospital ‘s psychiatric unit to offer well wishes and caring words to people in our community who may not receive this type of support, encouragement and a belief in their recovery.
The Do Send a Card Project
We collect messages of hope on blank, Thinking of You, or Get Well Soon greeting cards. The first Monday of every month peer educators from SOLVE, (Sharing Our Lives, Voices, and Experience) the MHASF stigma reduction speakers bureau, visit the San Francisco General Hospital psychiatric unit. We tell stories of our lives, our recovery, the stigma that we have endured around mental health challenges and how we are staying well today. Through the DO SEND A CARD project we also bring messages of hope to the patients on the unit, who are always so grateful. We continuously hear from patients and nurses that these are the first cards they have ever received while they were on the unit or in any other mental health facility.
Please join us in sending a message of hope in a card.
Call to Action
We encourage you to join us or start “DO SEND A CARD” in your area. You can help by sending us your messages of hope, providing funds to support the project, or providing greeting cards with envelopes: all donations are greatly appreciated!
If you need any further assistance please don’t hesitate to contact Terri Byrne at firstname.lastname@example.org.