stigma

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

Simone Rain5 days ago
Mental Health in the Media
Mental Health in the Media has always been a problem in this world. It's amazing and heartbreaking to see what people with illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, and personality disorders go thr...
Putting Up a Front Is Dangerous
I’m very good at putting up a front so this is difficult to talk about out in the open, but I’ll do my best. Few know what it is like to grow up with an untreated disability, where my own family denie...
Shelby Lau8 days ago
The Issue of Masking Emotions
Have you ever forced yourself to smile? Do you often play a game of 'pretend' around others? Are you afraid to show your raw feelings to the world? If you answered "yes" to any of the above, you have ...
Crazy
When I had what I call, my breakdown, I was just out of an 18 year marriage. I had four beautiful children, who meant the world to me, no experience in a current job market and I felt alone, rejected,...
Emily Fritz13 days ago
No, I Don't Think Your Joke Is Funny
The Millennial Generation is known as the generation that is offended by everything. We are told constantly that we take things too seriously, we’re too sensitive, and too self-righteous; we’re seen a...
Still in the Dark
There is so much on the internet now about speaking your truth. It is a beautiful concept. One I hope more people take advantage of as time progresses. However, it isn't always easy to open up and let...
Viviane Gray15 days ago
Vanity in Our Youth
So to set this straight before we start: I am also part of the "me-generation." I was born 1999 and I know just too well what people think about us. "They're so full of themselves." "They think they k...
Rachel Ann16 days ago
Why I Went Back to the Psych Ward
Day 15 08/03/2018 TRIGGER WARNING PLEASE BE CAUTIOUS BEFORE CONTINUING TO READ. THANK YOU. Hello lovely human beings. Welcome back to day 15! I am going to put a trigger warning out there for today’s ...
Lulu B. 🍁16 days ago
The Diary of a Broke, Anxious Woman Living with Depression
As a kid, I never knew. Sadly, mental health does not get covered in schools nearly enough, or at least it didn't when I was there. That's why I never even knew I was plagued with mental illness at su...
Marissa Halla month ago
Mental Health Stigma
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychological Sciences from Northern Arizona University. While everyone was worried about what they were going to do after graduation, I was blessed to already have ...
Clarissa Osbornea month ago
My Hidden Scars
Cutting yourself is for attention, right? Wrong. It’s all so familiar, the teen with cuts all down their arms, ridiculed by the same students that comment “scars are beautiful” for likes and an ego bo...
The R-Word Is Unacceptable Here or Anywhere
Dear Comedians, My name is Texxx-Man Cosplay and I'm not only a LGBTQ+ cosplayer, but I'm also a cosplayer with a disability. I was diagnosed with Autism, which is a developmental disorder characteriz...
Laura .a month ago
Why Are We Still Scared??!!
Sometimes, I can sit and think for a long time before starting a piece of writing. I plan it through carefully and thoughtfully, with a specific structure in mind before I start to type. Sometimes, ho...
Rachel Vallina month ago
Get out of My Head
I’m gonna be honest. I wish everyone would just stop posting about mental illness on social media. Okay, great, fantastic, you’ve read two sentences and suddenly, I’m a bigot. I don’t understand menta...
Stephanie King2 months ago
This Is Why Men & Women Dealing with Mental Illness Don't Talk About It
“Shoot, if it was me, I’d take a vacation instead.” I could not believe my ears when I heard those words, but that is what the CVS Pharmacy tech said to me after I paid $143.60* for one of my monthly ...
Carol Townend2 months ago
We Must Stop Stigmatizing Mental Health
"She's mentally ill, therefore she is violent." Time and time again through my own long experience of mental health problems, and as a mental health champion, have I heard this. Yes, it is true, there...
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Lorraine Woiak2 months ago
Language and Mental Health
We all have used words to emphasize how we feel. "I feel depressed." "I'm OCD." "I'm having a panic attack." However, using language like this in everyday life may have a negative impact on those with...
Summer Clarke2 months ago
Mental Health and Self Employment
There's nothing I could think of, that could be worse than being employed. I couldn't get up at a certain time in the morning, waiting for the bus to start my shift. I couldn't live for 8 hours a day ...