Anti-Stigma DVD Now Available
By Greg Kirk, Waccamaw Center for Mental Health
The anti-stigma team produced an informative educational tool.
In 2007, Will Shaw, a mental health counselor at the Waccamaw Center for Mental Health in Conway, had an idea for making an anti-stigma DVD. He took his plan to Mental Health America of Horry County, which agreed to help sponsor the project.
Mr. Shaw then enlisted the media department at Coastal Carolina University to help with the technical aspects, like lighting, shooting, and editing. Along the way, many members of the Waccamaw staff, other mental health professionals and clients joined the project and were included on the DVD.
All of those interviewed were asked to respond to two questions: “what is stigma?” and “what can we do in our professional and personal lives to help eliminate stigma?” John H. Magill, SCDMH state director, is featured, as is Murry Chesson, executive director of the Waccamaw Center for Mental Health.
In the end, the team developed a great, informative twenty-five minute DVD on mental health and stigma, called Stigma: Awareness and Prevention in Mental Health.
Will’s vision has turned into a very positive tool to spread the word about good mental health. We all are very thankful and appreciative of his efforts to put in extra hours to provide us with a great weapon to be used in the battle against stigma.
To receive a copy of this DVD, contact Mental Health American of Horry County.
MHA Horry County
P.O. Box 50944
Myrtle Beach, S.C., 29579
(843) 340-4726 or (843) 446-3464