Reducing stigma Odd socks day…because anyone can have an odd day, is a light-hearted approach to reminding people that anyone, at any time, can have an odd day. Stigma can have a devastating impact on the lives of people with mental illness and their families, friends and carers. It’s still one of the greatest barriers to people seeking help and recovery. People with a mental illness want the same basic things as everyone else:
- A home – somewhere decent to live
- A job or something meaningful to do – a reason to get up in the morning
- A life worth living – friends to share your life with and give you hope.
Because of stigma, people may live less satisfying and contributing lives than they would like, and are able to make. You can help stomp out stigma because the way you treat a person does make a difference. Here are five easy ways you can make a difference:
- Be a friend – be there, for the ordinary and extraordinary moments
- Be brave – don’t tolerate stigma and discrimination
- Be open – share your experiences
- Be informed – know the truths and dispel the myths
- Be good to yourself – recognise the need to look after your own mental wellbeing.
- organise a breakfast, lunch or dinner and wear your odd socks to show your support
- Decorate the office with spare odd socks. Put up the Odd socks day posters
- Hold a competition with your friends or work colleagues to see who can come up with the oddest sock idea – sock scarves, sock puppets, sock gloves, sock legwarmers, etc.
- Fine people who don’t wear Odd Socks to your event
- Dollar matching. Ask your employer to match the funds you raise
- Encourage your organisation to sponsor a local Grow Group
- And don’t forget to post your pics on our Facebook page!