NCYF CEO Paul Rilla signs CEOs Against Stigma Pledge
NCYF Executive Director Paul Rilla has joined the campaign to reduce the negative impact of mental illness stigma in the workplace by signing the CEOs Against Stigma Pledge.
CEOs Against Stigma is a new campaign by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (NAMI Mass), intended “to engage business leaders in combatting stigma in the workplace. Mental illness is the leading cause of lost productivity, and because of stigma, the least acknowledged fact of workplace life.”
Why I Signed the Pledge
I signed the Pledge with tremendous pride and enthusiasm. For years we have been working to help our clients deal with the stigma that comes with a mental health diagnosis and/or any type of “system” involvement and to overcome the barriers it presents in life. It only makes sense that we develop a workplace culture that educates and informs our staff to be aware not only of the challenges such stigma presents to our clients, but also to recognize that that same stigma can deter our employees, colleagues and coworkers from seeking the help they need out of embarrassment and shame.
There should be no shame in asking for what you need, especially in the human service sector. I wholeheartedly support this campaign.
~Paul Rilla, Executive Director