Burst the Stigma was born during May Is Mental Health Month in 2016. The hope is to encourage young adults as well as individuals of all ages to continue standing up against stigma is it pertains to living with a mental illness. The bursting of a green balloon water balloon is powerful and symbolic; and sharing video footage is a fun, engaging way to spread the message. All individuals are welcome to participate in any capacity. Feel free to the Burst the Stigma in any way you like! Say why you’re bursting the stigma and throw green balloons on the ground, burst a balloon over your own head etc. and nominate others to join the campaign. Check out the videos on this page for inspiration and help us to send the message far and wide!


Participants have posted videos on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. with the Hashtags:



Feel free to share your own! If you want to have your video posted on Speaking of Hope, or if you have any questions, please email Joel Danforth at joel.danforth@state.ma.us.  


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