Play Golf, Take the Pledge, and Help Stamp Out Stigma
If you want to know what Beacon Health Options’ (Beacon) values look like in “the real world,” look no further than our fourth annual Stamp Out Stigma golf outing today in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Each year, Beacon employees tee up with a variety of community partners to support Stamp Out Stigma, an initiative to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental illness and substance use disorders. Proceeds from the outing will go toward the National Military Family Association (NMFA), a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the well-being of our military families.
But the Stamp Out Stigma golf outing is more than just a day on the green; it’s an opportunity for Beacon’s partners around the country to learn why the work we do is so important. Although one in four people will face a mental illness in their lifetime, and more than 22 million Americans have a substance use disorder, many people won’t get the help they need. In fact, nearly two-thirds of all people with a diagnosable mental illness don’t receive treatment. Often, it’s for fear of being judged unfairly or treated differently for having a disorder.
Talk it up
From our CEO Tim Murphy, who is a member of CEOs Against Stigma, to our colleagues who work every day with our members, Beacon believes it’s time for these numbers to change. And although we’re proud to ask our partners on the golf course to Take the Pledge to reduce stigma today, we know that change doesn’t have to start with something as tangible as a tournament. In fact, it often starts with a simple conversation.
Each time we talk openly about our own experiences with mental illness, we make treatment more accessible for our friends, our loved ones and our colleagues. When we educate our neighbors on the prevalence of behavioral health disorders, we make our communities a healthier and happier place to live. And when we teach our children to treat mental illness rather than fear it, we advocate for a kinder world long after we leave it.
We work at Beacon because we believe that change is possible, and that it starts with each one of us. Today, we’re proud to ignite the conversation about mental illness once again.
You can join us.
Take the pledge at the Stamp Out Stigma website.
Join the conversation about mental health on our Facebook page and Twitter (@BeaconHealthOpt). You can use our event hashtag #GolfToEndStigma to find updates from the tournament, or to post your own message of support. You can also start a dialogue using the hashtags #StampOutStigma, #MentalIllness, and #MilFam.