Happy Halloween!

Posted on 10/30/2009 by The Bridge

Halloween is a fun time of the year; it’s the one day that allows you to be anyone or anything you want to be. At the same time, Halloween is a time of year when mental health is stigmatized the most with people dressing up as “psychos” and attending “haunted insane asylums.”

NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) has issued a stigma alert for Halloween costumes that feature inaccurate and offensive stereotypes regarding those with mental illnesses: “violent stereotypes are inaccurate and offensive and the U.S. Surgeon General has determined that stigma is a major barrier to people getting help when they need it.”

So what are some fun and creative costume alternatives?

Tetris Game Pieces: Get a group of your friends or family members to piece this costume together.

Pinata: As an adult it’s an excuse to beg for candy again!

Facebook Profile: Tell people what is on your mind or what your favorite pages are (hopefully The Bridge is one of them). Perhaps this a great strategy to find more friends?

Tourist: Everyone has this costume stored in their closet – the obnoxious floral shirt, sunscreen, camera and walking shoes.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

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