lets work together to create a #StigmaFreeFishers

Join the community during Mental Health Awareness Month in creating a Stigma Free Fishers through events, community stories, and educational opportunities all month long. Follow along and share how you are bringing awareness to mental health and creating a #StigmaFreeFishers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

The Stigma Free Fishers campaign encourages residents to reject stigmatizing attitudes toward mental health, and instead pledge to be stigma-free. Stigmatizing attitudes create social barriers for those dealing with mental health challenges, often keeping them struggling in silence and preventing them from proactively seeking treatment before mental health crises occur. 

If you or a loved one is in distress call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for free and confidential support. The line is open 24/7.  

Community Events

Hope for Happiness & Fishers Parks Movies in the Park

Friday, May 14 | 6 – 9 p.m. | Brooks School Park

The Hope for Happiness event brought to you by Fishers & HSE High Schools’ Bring Change to Mind student clubs, where you can enjoy mental health activities, food trucks, and more. After the event, stick around as Fishers Parks features Onward for the first Movie in the Park of the season starting at 9 p.m.

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The Fishers Farmers’ Market

Yoga at the Market

While you’re shopping your favorite farmer’s market vendors every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater (NPD AMP), take a moment to destress on Saturday mornings with free yoga at the NPD AMP stage from 8 – 9 a.m. guided by various local studios in Fishers.

Health & Wellness Expo

Visit the annual Health & Wellness Expo at the Fishers Farmers’ Market on Saturday, May 22 from 8 a.m. – noon to fuel your body, mind, and soul. Shoppers can explore local health and wellness services and products and talk to experts one-on-one about health issues important to them. Stop by the Fishers Health Department booth for mental health resources and Stigma Free Fishers swag. 

Hamilton East Public Library

Introduction to Peaceful Meditation
Thursday, May 6 | 6:30 p.m. | Virtual

Join us for a virtual talk and guided meditation from Kadampa Meditation Center Indianapolis. Learn about using practical meditation methods to unlock the peace and happiness that we all want for ourselves and everyone else. All are welcome and no previous meditation experience required. Register for the event.

QPR Suicide Prevention Training
Wednesday, May 12 | 7 p.m. 

Adults and teens in grades 6 and up are invited to this training by QPR Certified Gatekeeper Instructor Kristen Seibert to learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, how to offer hope, and how to get help and save a life. Register for the event.

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Shift Initiative Partnered with Peyton Riekhof Foundation for Youth Hope

Unleashing Greatness – Tools for Today’s Parents, Teachers, and Coaches
3 sessions: Wednesday, May 12, Wednesday, May 19 and Tuesday, May 24 | 7 – 9 p.m. | Virtual | $49.99

Parenting an intense kiddo, looking for emotionally nutritious words to reach your class, or coaching a high achiever who is so very close to tapping into their full potential? If you’re eager to unleash the greatness inside those you parent, teach, or coach, join The Peyton Riekhof Foundation and The Shift Initiative as we welcome Center for Hope’s, Christine Burianek, for this game-changing three session, six-hour deep dive into the skills, strategies, and vocabulary found within the Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA). Registration fee admits two parenting partners and covers your participant workbook. Remaining proceeds will support ShiftLive in September. Register for the event.

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Fishers Rotary Club’s Fore! A Stigma Free Fishers Charity Golf Event

Monday, June 14 | The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club | 8:30 a.m.

Learn more and register using this form


Mental Health Resources

If you or a loved one is in distress, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for free and confidential support. The line is open 24/7. 


Stigma Free Fishers

Built as a resource for residents, StigmaFreeFishers.com features local resources you can connect to for support, gain access to care, and help spread the word for a #StigmaFreeFishers.

Connecting to local resources including clinicians, nonprofits, and experts can help you navigate mental illness for yourself or someone you know. Information from our national partners are also featured on the site, connecting you to a wide network of research-based support.

Fishers Cares 

Fishers residents can schedule a free appointment to connect with mental health support by meeting with a Care Giver to help assess needs and next steps. Learn more.

Fishers YMCA Mind & Body Exercise Classes  

The Fishers YMCA offers a variety of mind & body workouts every day, but you can also stream workouts for free on their YouTube Channel. 


Hamilton East Public Library’s Resource Guide to Mental Health, Well-Being, & Substance Abuse 

The Hamilton East Public Library has created a guide providing information and resources for individauls or those with loved ones who are struggling with mental health, well-being, or substance abuse. Get the guide.  

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Stigma Free Fishers Pledge & Digital Toolkit

We need your help to spread the message so we can make true and sustainable changes around mental health in our community.

Learn how you can show your support by taking the Stigma Free Fishers pledge, downloading social media graphics and more.  

Community Stories

Running for My Mental Health

Running for My Mental Health

If you would have told me years ago that I would run for fun, and for a reason other than fitness, I would have laughed. I didn’t think I could ever be a “runner”—runners enjoy every minute of the run (false), they’re fast (false), and they always prefer to run...

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Mental Health Monday: COVID Fatigue

Mental Health Monday: COVID Fatigue

I almost feel the first line of NSYNC’s Pop song is talking about Covid-19. It has been a year since the country went on lockdown, yet COVID-19 remains the hot news. For one year we had to deal with the threat of illness, fear for job security, news of deaths, all...

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Mental Health Monday: Winter Ecotherapy Bucket List

Mental Health Monday: Winter Ecotherapy Bucket List

Winter can be a tough time to really embrace spending time outdoors. For a bunch of nature lovers over here at Fishers Parks, we all definitely take time to appreciate a sunny day, but still understand and see value in the snowy, sometimes gloomy days, too, whether...

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Mental Health Monday: Self Care Tips for Parents

Mental Health Monday: Self Care Tips for Parents

This week is the official start to the New Year. It’s the start of the new semester for kids, Christmas decorations are put away, new calendars are opened, and new schedules are starting. I love this time of year; it's the time for looking forward to all that will...

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Mental Health Monday: Beat the Winter Blues

Mental Health Monday: Beat the Winter Blues

Winter blues. No, I am not talking about the genre made famous by artist like B.B. King, Muddy Waters, or Robert Johnson, whose music makes you want to get up and dance. When the clouds start to coat the skies, the sun decides to hide, and the temperature drops, your...

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