Stigma Never Helps

Branded Response to the Stigma Surrounding Mental Health & Addiction

About Indiana Recovery Council

The Indiana Recovery Council is composed of 16 individuals that support the goal of a recovery-oriented, person-centered service delivery system in Indiana. Established in 2004, the IRC acts in an advisory capacity to the DMHA and the DMHA Mental Health & Addiction Planning & Advisory Council regarding matters pertaining to Indiana residents affected by mental health and addiction issues.


New Grant to Negate Stigma Surrounding Mental Health

It has become commonplace in today’s vernacular to say things like “She’s crazy” or “He’s just an addict” without the person saying these things batting an eye. There is little awareness surrounding the harmful effects of this stigma, whether intentional or not. These stigmatic undertones greatly affect those currently suffering, often in silence, with mental health and/or substance-use disorders. This silent suffering from stigma ultimately causes individuals to not seek the help they need to recover. The Indiana Recovery Council received a grant to help negate the stigma surrounding mental health and substance-use disorders in Indiana, allowing those affected by this shame to seek help.


CVR Strengthens the Message & Helps Spread Awareness

In order to understand the current environment for recovery agencies in Indiana, CVR conducted peer interviews. Through these interviews, we learned that true stories from those in recovery were important, as viewers better relate and realize that recovery is possible by seeing others who recovered. We also created three metaphorical videos that emotionally exclaimed the damage stigma causes and encouraged people to visit our site to learn more about reducing stigma. This educational effort was executed through the metaphorical videos, testimonials, informational statistics and a marketing asset toolkit to be leveraged by peer associations throughout the state for a grassroots campaign. By creating the website, assets and paid media efforts, we were able to help strengthen their messaging and spread awareness.


Awareness Increases with Above-Average Click-Thru-Rates

With both the physical and digital efforts of the campaign, the IRC saw an increase in overall stigma awareness in the Indiana markets. The click-through rates (CTRs) for paid search were above industry benchmarks at 0.16% and paid social saw a CTR of 0.61%. The physical pieces, including flyer, PowerPoint, videos and tradeshow display were leveraged at all tradeshows and events the council members attended, providing information and resources to those within the addiction and recovery industries.