Fighting Stigma

Mental illness is often difficult to diagnose, predict and control.  Relative to other illnesses, we know very little about mental illness.

Even though many people suffer from mental illnesses, you often will only know someone has a mental illness if they tell you directly. Unlike a broken arm or leg, it is often difficult to understand what that person may be going through and how you can help. Sometimes their illness will make them act in unusual ways, which may make you feel uncomfortable. When we feel uncomfortable we often treat others differently whether we do it consciously or unconsciously.

When we treat someone different, we often stigmatize them. We treat them based on our own limited knowledge of mental illness which often comes from inaccurate news reports or over dramatized movies and television programs. This stigma often deters those with mental illness from accessing services or maximizing their potential.

So how can we fight stigma? By improving mental health literacy, we can challenge our assumptions and stigmatized attitudes.

Our youth advisory council wanted to help educated other young people by challenging them to think about mental illness differently. One of the things they did was create this video, that they wanted to share with anyone that could help make a difference in fighting stigma.

 

Help us (and these organizations) fight stigma in mental health.

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