What is Stigma? We Need to Talk.

Stigma is alive and not-well in all communities.
It’s within the group. It’s within the subgroups of the subsubgroups of the subsubsubgroups.  Think you understand stigma?

When was the last time you checked in with any lurking moral superiority you may have towards someone or something different?  That’s stigma!

What is Stigma?

  1. 1.
    a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.
    “the stigma of having gone to prison will always be with me”
    synonyms:  shame, disgrace, dishonor, ignominy, opprobrium, humiliations, (bad) reputation

Isolation. Discrimination. Shame. Embarrassment. Often the biggest challenges people with mental illnesses face aren’t their illnesses at all. The stigma—or negative feelings, attitudes and stereotypes—that surround mental health can make getting help scary and leading a fulfilling life difficult. Stigma prevents people from seeking help. It restricts resources from being allocated. And it discourages others from lending their support.

One of the best ways to stop the stigma is to learn more about mental illness. Separating the truth from the stigma can help increase awareness, understanding and acceptance for those living with mental health challenges. Get the facts and spread the word.



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