The Be It! Foundation is a nonprofit organization which serves residents of South Texas. Our mission is to: promote higher education to low-income students, sponsor service learning opportunities for those who want to lend a hand, sponsor emergency assistance to those in need, and foster well-being through mental health stigma prevention.
The main goal of this program is reducing the stigma around people with mental health conditions, disabilities, treatments, and other concerns. And promote activities and materials to inform those who are unaware of the stigma around mental health and empower those who are negatively affected by it.
The program holds a 12 months campaign around Mental Health Stigma Prevention. The area of implementation is South Texas, Laredo and San Antonio.
Here some data around Mental Health in Texas
The general perception of mental illness has improved over the past decades, studies show that stigma against mental illness is still powerful, largely due to media stereotypes and lack of education, and that people tend to attach negative stigmas to mental health conditions at a far higher rate than to other diseases and disabilities, such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease.
Stigma affects not only the number seeking treatment, but also the number of resources available for proper treatment. Stigma and misinformation can feel like overwhelming obstacles for someone who is struggling with a mental health condition.
Stigma is something that can cause a negative effect, emotionally, mentally, and physically for those who experience it. We want to build up the people in our communities who struggle with mental illness. We believe we can do that through our mental health stigma prevention campaign.
Be It Foundation is committed to work on education to break the stigma around mental health, training for mental health providers to increase the access to mental health for the community, Scholarships for low income students to eliminate the financial stress of them and their families, mental health resources to improve the wellbeing in different spaces where people is moving daily.
Check out our activities during this year of campaign. You can participate organizing workshops, sending ideas or testimonials.