Psychiatry platform Minded aims to break the mental health medication stigma with a campaign tied to Mental Health Awareness Month, which is recognized during May.
The organization recently launched an effort encouraging individuals to share on social media their personal journeys with mental health medication and how it improved their quality of life using #ALittleHelpFromMyMeds.
For every Instagram or Twitter post using the hashtag, Minded will donate $10 (up to $10,000) to nonprofit Sad Girls Club, whose mission is to diminish stigma around mental health and support young women of color.
According to a survey of 2,000 U.S. adults conducted by Censuswide for Minded, more than 80% of people who take mental health medication say it's effective. Despite that, 66% said they delayed treatment due to stigma, fear or misinformation. This echoes previous research that found people wait an average of 11 years to get help.
The survey also found that one in five admit to negatively judging someone for taking mental health medication, while 13% think taking medication is the easy way out. Thirty percent admit they would be wary of someone on medication watching their children.
The statistics are even more striking for people of color, who were three times more likely than white respondents to "strongly agree" that their culture is against mental health medication.
Minded is an online psychiatry platform making mental health care accessible for people with conditions including anxiety, depression, insomnia and attention disorders. The monthly subscription service offers video appointments with psychiatry providers, personalized treatment plans and prescription refills. A Minded membership is $65 per month without insurance.