So much goes on, so much out of ignorance, so much out of shame, so much out of blame! How much more out of fear? And hate? And despair? And little out of love, empathy, and maybe sympathy? Stigma noy only against mental illness but esprcially againstental illness, is to me another big cancer in society’s lungs. Hope is all l got! Hope is sure all several of us especially with either mental challenges or loved ones in that world, have. The year draws to an end, let’s indeed look at ourselves in the mirror! Thanks my nani Jill for this post!
False beliefs about mental illness can cause significant problems.
STIGMA is when someone views you in a negative way because you have a personal trait that is a disadvantage. Negative attitudes and beliefs toward people who have mental health conditions, are common.
STIGMA can lead to discrimination and that same discrimination may be obvious and direct, such as someone making a negative remark about your mental illness or the treatment you are receiving. It may be unintentional or subtle, such as someone avoiding you because the person assumes you could be unstable, violent or even dangerous due to your mental health condition.
The harmful effects of STIGMA can include:
A reluctance to seek treatment.
A lack of understanding by family, friends and co-workers.
Far less opportunities for work or social activities or trouble finding a place to stay.
Bullying, physical violence or harassment.
Health insurance that does not adequately cover the…
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