In 2015, Oakland took the first step toward becoming a Stigma Free Town by passing the Stigma- Free Campaign Resolution proposed by former town council member Pat Pignatelli.
Stigma-Free Zones aim to inspire public interest and open dialogues about stigma, raise awareness of the disease of mental illness and create a culture wherein residents who have the disease of mental illness feel supported by their community and neighbors and feel free to seek treatment for the disease without fear of stigma.
The designation of being a Stigma Free Zone acknowledges the fact that there can be no “health” without mental health, and as a community we need to break down barriers and encourage residents of all ages to be mindful of their mental health and ask for help when
“…WHEREAS, local resources are available to treat the disease of mental illness so no one resident
needs to suffer alone or feel hopeless, and;
WHEREAS, establishing Stigma-Free Zones will raise awareness of resources and encourage
residents to engage in care as soon as the need is identified so recovery can begin, hope is inspired and
tragedies are avoided…”
Read the full resolution:
Resolution 15-160 Stigma Free Campaign Resolution