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

Caregiver Support Group

Tuesday, May 10 | 5 – 6 p.m. | NPD Pavilion (10 Municipal Drive)

The Fishers Health Department hosts the monthly, free Caregiver Support Group Meet-Up on Tuesday, May 10 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the NPD Pavilion north of City Hall (10 Municipal Drive). All caregivers, including parents, children, spouses, friends, and loved ones are welcome to attend. Register to attend or sign up to get updates about other support group opportunities.

Walk About Health: Mental Health Awareness

Wednesday, May 11 | 3:30 p.m. | Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve

Join Fishers Health Department, Community Health Network, and Fishers Parks for a new Walk About Health monthly series with health specialists at parks across the city. This month’s walk features Mental Health Awareness on Wednesday, May 11 at 3:30 p.m. at Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve.  Learn more at fishers.in.us/WalkAboutHealth. 

Hope for Happiness 

Saturday, May 14 | 8 a.m. – noon | NPD AMP

The City of Fishers and Fishers Health Department host the annual Hope for Happiness event at the Fishers Farmers’ Market on Saturday, May 14 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater in partnership with Fishers High School and Hamilton Southeastern High Schools’ Bring Change to Mind student clubs. During May Mental Health month, stop by the free, family-friendly event to help raise awareness about mental health and the city’s Stigma Free initiative, participate in mental health activities, find resources from local mental healthcare providers, and more. Learn more.

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The Fishers Farmers Market

Yoga at the Market

While you’re shopping your favorite farmers 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 21 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. 

Mental Health Trainings

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Training: May 5 & 26 at 9 a.m.
  • QPR: Suicide Prevention Training: May 10 at 9 a.m. and May 31 at 9:30 a.m.

Email healthedu@fishers.in.us to register.

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.

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 individuals 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

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5 Ways to Fight the Mental Health Stigma

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