Introduction to Stigma
Stigma means having a negative idea about something without it being true. There is a lot of stigma out there about mental illness and much of it is fed by outdated information and fear. In recent years there have been more open conversations about mental health which have helped dispel some negativity, but some conditions or experiences haven’t received the same visibility or positive approach.
Mental illness isn’t a weakness. It isn’t shameful. Mental health needs are just as serious as physical health needs, and yet there is still a belief that they aren’t equally deserving of support and treatment. For example, you wouldn’t tell someone who broke their leg to ‘get over it’ or that they’re faking to get attention, and yet this is still said about mental illness.
Society has come a long way in terms of recognising and supporting people with mental health issues, but there is still so much to be done.
Some experiences and conditions have more stigma than others, and this hinders people finding support and being diagnosed. If there is a negative idea about something, such as therapy, then people are less likely to go as they worry about how they will be seen by others.
Throughout this week we’ll be sharing information about experiences and topics to help dispel some of the stigma and help us better understand and support people with mental health needs. We’ll be sharing articles on therapy, psychosis, and community and hope you find them insightful and informative!
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