Welcome to The Lemonade Project, a movement dedicated to families struggling with mental illness. Our goal is to empower people to openly share their stories and advocate for equitable mental health resources and insurance coverage.
1. Think about your costume. When choosing an outfit, consider carefully if the costume you or your child is wearing will foster misconceptions about people with mental illness or demonize people who struggle with such disorders.
2. Avoid attractions that perpetuate stigma. Resist paying admission or visiting local attractions that feature mental patients, psychos, freaks, weirdos, and/or urban legends. If you're feeling outraged, consider contacting your local government officials to share your feelings about this stigmatizing form of entertainment.
3. Decorate appropriately. Halloween decor indoor or outdoor should reflect appropriate harvest or scary themes. Ghosts, witches, goblins, zombies, and the like are all stigma-free—as are pumpkins, cornstalks, and spiderwebs.
4. Decide if the time is right to fight the fight. Halloween is a season of fun for children of all ages. Seeing a stigmatizing costume or witnessing a degrading entertainment event may hurt—but don't feel as if you have to reach and teach everyone you meet. It's okay to let others fight against mental health discrimination.