Do you ever feel like you are “in the closet” about your mental health challenges?   Have you ever wanted to talk openly about your mental health struggles but held back because you worried about how you would be perceived?

This is a reaction to stigma.  Stigma creates real and serious barriers around seeking help for mental health conditions.  Stigma stops us from bringing all of ourselves to our professional and personal relationships and is said to be as big a problem as the condition itself.

Clackamas County Behavioral Health - Health Promotion and NAMI Clackamas County are excited to offer Honest Open Proud (HOP) a new training opportunity for anyone with lived experience seeking to explore the decision to disclose their mental health challenges.  It’s a safe space to talk about all the questions, concerns or experiences you have with telling your story.

HOP, developed by Dr. Patrick Corrigan is an evidenced based program listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs Practices (NREPP).  Participants will learn the following in this six hour workshop. 

  1. Weigh the pros and cons of disclosing their lived experience with mental illness.
  2. Learn safe ways to disclose.
  3. Take ownership of their experience and what they choose to tell or not to tell.

Research shows those who have disclosed aspects of their mental illness report a sense of personal empowerment and an increase in confidence to seek and achieve individual goals. 

This workshop is open to anyone 18 or over who SELF-IDENTIFIES with lived experience of mental illness. 

 Participants receive a class manual and a personalized certificate of completion.  *Up to 6 CEUs are available for Peer Support Specialist or Peer Wellness continuing education credits.

The workshop will be held on Monday October 16th from 8:30 am to 4 pm in Oregon City.   Space is limited; early registration is encouraged.  Click here to register; scroll down to find the HOP workshop; press the "register" button and complete the registration.    (If the class is full, it will say "unfortunately, this class is now full and we are no longer accepting registrations.")