McLean Hospital, Bangor International Airport (BGR), Northern Light Acadia Hospital, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maine are bringing an inspirational exhibit highlighting stories of people living with mental illness to Maine.
The goal of the exhibit, which will formally be unveiled on Monday, April 4, is to increase awareness and reduce the stigma that is too often associated with depression, anxiety, substance use, and other mental illnesses.
The Bangor exhibit is part of Deconstructing Stigma: Changing Attitudes About Mental Health, McLean’s international mental health awareness campaign, featuring compelling portraits of courageous people who volunteer to share their stories with the hope of changing how people living with mental illness are viewed.
Deconstructing Stigma initially launched in 2016 with a large installation at Boston Logan International Airport. Since then, McLean has partnered with airports and other public venues worldwide to feature volunteers who share their stories about their experiences living with mental illness.
The Bangor exhibit features several volunteers from Maine and was done in collaboration with Northern Light Acadia Hospital and NAMI Maine.
“We are excited to bring Deconstructing Stigma to Maine and are grateful to the Bangor International Airport and our advocacy partners for supporting our efforts to heighten awareness and spark conversation about mental health,” said Scott J. O’Brien, director of Education Outreach for McLean Hospital.
“Most of all, however, I want to express our deepest thanks to the volunteers of Deconstructing Stigma who have bravely shared their personal stories in hopes of helping others.”