stigma

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

Melody Porter5 days ago
America’s Poor Mental Health Is in Our Hands
Once seen as a taboo and undiscussable topic, mental health has recently stepped into the light of public conversation. Unfortunately, prevalence rates and symptoms of mental illnesses do not reflect ...
Airika Lewis17 days ago
Recognizing Mental Illnesses in Adolescents
An essay I wrote in high school. I was given an assignment where I could write on any subject I wanted to bring awareness to. Since a young age, I've realized teens and children’s mental health is so ...
M Fa month ago
They Aren't the Enemy
I just wanna know... why you're so scared of these parts of you. Why they're the enemy. Why you refuse to feel things that so badly want to be felt. Why you continue to allow them to bleed into your l...
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Issy Woods2 months ago
Mental Health Is Just as Important as Physical Health, So Why Do We look At It So Differently?
I remember being at college and thinking, "If I had a broken arm, people wouldn't question why I sit out of lessons some days." I almost wished that I had some sort of visible illness/injury instead, ...
Ishani and Shelby3 months ago
How to End the Mental Health Stigma
For a few years now, I have been a strong supporter in trying to raise awareness against the mental health stigma. In my junior year of high school, I was put on medication for anxiety, but I had been...
Portia Lennon3 months ago
Mental Health and Our Black Community
What is mental health? Mental health can be partially defined as a state of psychological wellbeing. You're not completely healthy unless you're physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally heal...
Alyssa Rolfs3 months ago
Mental Health Stigmas Exposed
What comes to mind when you think of a person with a mental illness? Do you steer clear of and distance yourself socially from people who suffer from mental illness? Do you think of someone who is dan...
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Shara Faith4 months ago
The Stigma and the Unattainable Notion of Normal
I have a different family dynamic. My brother, whom I love with every ounce of my being but simultaneously get annoyed by, is on the spectrum. The “spectrum” is a tricky thing, because I can’t quite e...
Kristin Wilson5 months ago
A Non-Judgmental Perspective on Suicide
"Mental Illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all." B. Clinton
Here's Why You're Not Actually Bringing Mental Health Awareness
The discussion of mental health, and raising mental health awareness, is on a rapid uprise as more and more people are becoming comfortable with speaking about their troubles. Whilst some may argue th...
Scarlett Price6 months 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...
Iria Vasquez-Paez6 months ago
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 Newton6 months 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 M6 months 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 Deveney7 months 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 Pratico7 months 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 Brunskill7 months 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...