Addressing stigma in first response is a process.
As a group, we are defined by our responsibilities to others. We are healers and protectors. The expectation of stoicism in the face of adversity can be a difficult one to shake. Change is most effective when implemented at multiple levels. This should include both the individual level and organizational policy change, with a focus on fact-based education to reduce misconceptions of people with mental illness.
A focus on positive psychology at a departmental level can be a great tool for addressing the stigma around mental health care. Positive psychology advocates involvement both when people are struggling and also when they are thriving. Promoting wellness and happiness is just as important as reducing anxiety and depression.