Managing these conditions is challenging. Imagine how difficult it is if you are also being judged or defined because of them. Let’s break the pattern. Here is some information to get you started.
What is a stigma?
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “Stigma is when someone, or even yourself, views a person in a negative way just because they have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as a feeling of shame or judgment from someone else.”
Why is stigma a problem?
Stigma creates feelings of isolation, blame, and secrecy. These feelings can turn into shame and fear, which make people feel like they should stay quiet about their mental health concerns.
That’s a problem. It’s hard enough to reach out for support, but feeling embarrassed about this can make it even more difficult to ask for help. In fact, one in five Americans are affected by mental health issues but less than half are getting the help they need. And everybody deserves support.
So let’s cure stigma together and help those who live with this feel safe getting support.
Ways to help