What We Believe
Page last updated: December 10, 2018
Our mission is to eradicate the stigmas that keep people in pain, by talking openly and honestly about the lived reality of trauma and mental illness. We push back against the stigma that makes people ashamed to seek help or unable to get help because others judge without empathy.
"Whatever happened to you, whatever you did, whatever you didn't do, you did all you could in the moment and that is enough. You are enough."
That quote illustrates what our mission here at Digging to Roam is. Our primary goal is to spread the message that we are all doing the best we are able in the moment. You are not the sum of the traumas you've experienced. You are not the actions you could've/should've/would've taken. You are not your frozen fear. We are not the darkness that we may have oft been cloaked in.
You are more.
We are more.
Worldwide, more than seventy percent of people with mental illness receive zero medical assistance. Even when there is access to affordable and effective medical care, there are three huge factors that hinder treatment: prejudice, ignorance, and the expectation of discrimination - AKA stigma.
Rewriting The Story
Words matter. Words reflect and reinforce societal norms, like stigmas. A stigma is a widespread, degrading attitude about a particular issue or condition which then labels an individual as being different based on false stereotypes and ignorance. Stigma is a negative attitude towards people based on one aspect of their experience or identity. To destigmatize something is to remove the barriers of shame and open the door to dialogue.
Find help for a crisis by texting, calling, or chatting online with these free crisis organizations. Looking for one outside of the USA? Check out our support listings.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call your local emergency number. The numbers listed here are the commonly used numbers for the stated region, the numbers can vary greatly depending on where you live. If you don't know your country's equivalent to 911, this wiki page and The Lifeline Foundation have comprehensive listings.
112 & 999
112, 999, 110
112, 911, 999, 111, & 000
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