Albuquerque man featured in global campaign to end mental health stigma
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man is on a mission to end the stigma associated with mental health. He is now part of an international campaign to help raise awareness.
Robert Arrieta isn’t a fan of how he looks with a mustache, but in November he grows it anyway. âYou get a lot of interesting looks,â said Arrieta. âFamily members can be very verbal about what they think about it,â he explained.
Despite some negative comments, Arrieta says his mustaches are a good conversation starter and that he will take every opportunity to discuss mental health. âThat’s kind of the point of saying, I support Movember,â explained Arrieta.
Moving house is a global movement encouraging men to expand their stores, to raise awareness of men’s health, including mental health. It’s a mission that Arrieta has shared for five years. A first responder for 17 years, Arrieta says he struggles with depression, anxiety and PTSD.
It is this fight that inspired him to create Skulls for Hope, a nonprofit organization that raises mental health awareness with shirts and bracelets, and connects those struggling to community resources.
Now, Arrieta is not only sparking the conversation locally but globally. He was recently featured in a Movember campaign video. He hopes the video and Skulls for Hope will leave people with an important message. “It’s good not to be well,” said Arrieta.