"Bevin, we want to thank you and your team for coming out and presenting on Seeing Through Stigma and through the eyes of spirituality.
What an impressive and heartfelt presentation you provided to our initiative. It allowed us to hear and see how spirituality can be a part of one's healing and continued wellness.
Each speaker spoke with authenticity and presented their story where we could truly see their struggles and then success to their road of recovery and wellness.
We wish your team continued success with your outreach to groups in the community.
Thanks for your presentation."
-Melinda and Bill
"Thank you so much for the excellent presentation. We received very good feedback ... Reducing stigma and providing hope are what we aim to achieve here at Caminar. You and your panelists appear to have found a perfect way to address this and touch many lives in the process. It's quite remarkable.
Thanks so much for all you and your team do..."
FREEING THE WORLD FROM STIGMA
...ONE STORY AT A TIME
My name is Bevin Love and I am the Program Director for Seeing Through Stigma sm a fresh anti-stigma campaign from Heart and Soul.
I have worked with Heart and Soul for 6 years. I struggle with depression, anxiety, and a mood disorder. My recovery experience consists of the coping skills I have formed over the years to manage my mental health; some include sleep, nutrition, exercise, and socialization. It is also important for me to do the things I love which are: play with my dog, exercise, gardening, cooking, reading, and watching movies. I am very lucky to work in a job which excites and motivates me, which I am able to do working with Heart and Soul.
Seeing Through Stigma presentations consist of two panelists who share their journeys of recovery with various audiences, and the paths they have taken towards reaching a place of recovery for themselves. The panelists share about their journeys and what they like to do today to stay well. This may be a balance of healthy nutrition, sleep, exercise, social engagements, family support, or attending wellness support groups. We do presentations to various locations in San Mateo County. We speak to high schools, local respite centers, junior colleges, local rehab facilities, anti-stigma conferences, crisis suicide prevention centers, crisis-in-training at police academies, churches, schools of nursing, hospitals, senior housing facilities, as well as psychology and psychiatric interns.
Some of us may have faced the stigma of mental health and the adverse tone society has put on those who live with mental health challenges. We share the message of hope with our stories and how we have come to our place of wellness.
We are changing the conversation from diagnosis to dialogue, and mental illness to mental resilience.