The "Race To End The Stigma" campaign was created to not only change the way people perceive those who are living with mental illness, but also how those who are affected perceive themselves. The stigma surrounding a person's mental well-being is the root of unfounded prejudices which prevents many from having the same opportunities as others. It also discourages those in need of help from seeking assistance for themselves.
According to The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), 1-in-5 adults are affected by some form of mental illness and half of all chronic mental illnesses begins by the age of 14. Depending on the severity of the case, mental illness is highly treatable but it's that stigma, or fear of discrimination or shame, that keeps many from getting help. We aim to change that.
- By educating the public and starting the conversation about the misconceptions people living with mental illness deal with on a daily basis.
- By holding fundraisers and donating to organizations that provide resources and education for mental health awareness, research, and support.
- By providing speakers in schools and fostering early detection
- By supporting programs, like the Crisis Intervention Training Program, which train those whose jobs entail frequent interaction with the public on how to recognize the symptoms of a person with mental illness.
The goal is to support the mental health community through education, fundraising and facilitating resources. Join the "Race To End The Stigma" and help put an end to the stigma surrounding mental illness.
The Carlos Vieira Foundation is located in the heart of Central California. The Foundation was built on one man's dream of helping children and familes within our local community. The Carlos Vieira Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that focuses primarily on assisting autistic children within Central California. Through local support the Foundation is able not only to assist families facing autism but fight the war on drugs as well as other major causes. The Carlos Vieira Foundation offers its services and raises money for multiple organizations and causes that directly assist people in need.