stigma

People with mental illness represent one of the most deeply stigmatized groups in our culture. Learn more about it here.

Scarlett Price4 days ago
It's​ Time to Change the Ending
Let’s talk about some dirty words like depression, bipolar, PTSD, anxiety, suicide, and I could go on. Why are these dirty words you're asking? There is a stigma with these words and no one wants to t...
A Word to Anti-Western Medicine People
The only tool I have to control anything is my medication. Every skill has to be tied into emotion. The second my emotions escape my control, I manifest my abilities in extreme ways. We all know that ...
Zoe Newton7 days ago
Living with Anxiety (and Friends that Don’t Understand It)
I’ve always been an anxious child—swimming lessons consisted of me sitting on the side crying until it was time to go home. Secondary school was fine, other than the obvious reasons to be anxious: Exa...
Becca M10 days ago
End the Stigma
Living with a mental illness is fucking rough. It's even harder when you constantly have people telling you that you're faking, or to get over it, or that you're just being dramatic. I have bipolar mi...
Patrick Deveney14 days ago
Movember and Men’s Mental Health
Let’s be serious. I’ll start by just saying lookout for each other, man. If any of your friends or family are acting different, more reserved, or unhappy, reach out. It can feel cringey or awkward, bu...
Adelia Pratico17 days ago
The Stigma Behind Mental Health
You’re scrolling through Netflix figuring out what you want to watch next; and you start to notice quite a few shows based around the topic of mental health. For the last few years mental health has b...
Alicia Brunskill17 days ago
My Experience of Mental Health Support in Schools
I recently read an article about what needs to be done in schools to make sure children are better equipped to manage their mental health. The article prompted me to write about my own experiences of ...
Birthday Reflections
I'm turning 35 this month and my mental health and mental reflections have been haunting me and dramatically affecting my day to day life. I feel myself at a crossroads and am unsure how to proceed. I...
Laura Holliday22 days ago
My Diagnosis: One Year On
One year ago I wrote a blog post about being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. At the time of my diagnosis, I felt a mixture of emotions. The main ones were a combination of terrified an...
Suicide
This isn’t going to be about KPOP or anything like that, I just mention Jonghyun because he’s my role model and it fits with the topic at hand. Enjoy. ❤️ Kim Jonghyun has become the embodiment of powe...
Anarda Nashai24 days ago
Interviews with a Big Black Broad: Sessions #7
Interviewer: When did you began to seek professional help to treat your BDD? BBB: I'm sure it's not surprising that I was reluctant. I was complacent in dealing with my issues on my own up 'til the ag...
Apron Strings
I have been at war lately with my feelings about family. At 35-years-old, you would think I would be comfortable being myself and not caring what other people think. Wouldn’t it be nice if all those m...
Anarda Nashaia month ago
Interviews with a Big Black Broad: Session #4
Interviewer: How did your collegiate aspirations relate to your experience with BDD? BBB: Before I begin, I should to warn you that this may be the most bizarre coming of age story you've ever heard. ...
Michelle Shavera month ago
The Business of Being Mentally Ill
“It’s all in your head," “Stop worrying," “I wish I had OCD, my house would be spotless," “You don’t LOOK sick." Those of us with mental illnesses have heard these, and various iterations so many time...
Marissa Mayera month ago
MINDful Manners
It's 2018. Over time, society has changed the way we speak about one another and reinforced how important it is to be respectful. For example, we avoid using the phrase "retarded" because it can be vi...
Anarda Nashaia month ago
Interviews with a Big Black Broad: Session #2
Interviewer: Can you remember when you first saw yourself as ugly? BBB: Actually, some of my earliest memories were of me being told how beautiful I was. Mostly by people in my immediate family. I rem...
Samuel Bastable2 months ago
Am I Really Alone? - Fighting Mental Health Stigma
When you're feeling great the world is your oyster: Happy, creative, out-going, social... the possibilities are endless. Life may throw you curve balls, but you just bat them back with ferocity and no...
Oliver Raczek2 months ago
Smile like You Mean It
Catharsis. Someone recently asked me what it felt like to be Bipolar. If I'm honest, I was shocked—it felt like a fundamentally basic question that no one had asked me before. Manic Depression, Bipola...