STAMPING OUT THE STIGMA OF MENTAL ILLNESS
It is an undisputed fact that individuals who experience mental health issues are often faced with discrimination that result from misconceptions of their illness. As a result, many people who would benefit from mental health services often do not seek treatment for fear that they will be viewed in a negative way. Together, we can all do our part to reduce stigma, here are some ideas:
- Educate yourself about mental illness. Having the facts can help you challenge the misinformation that leads to stigma.
- Be aware of words. Don’t reduce people to a diagnosis. Instead of a “schizophrenic,” say a person with schizophrenia.
-Support those with mental health issues and treat them with respect & encourage them to get help or stick with treatment.
-Share your story. If you or someone in your family has a mental illness, speak up about it. Your example could help someone else.
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