stigma

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

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Crazy Unicorn27 minutes ago
"Crazies"
It's the words they use to define you that hurt the most; mental, barmy, drama queen, CRAZY! There's that old saying "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." Well, let me t...
Julie Smith7 days ago
Growing Up Introverted
Growing up introverted and not knowing what it even means to be introverted can be a very scary thing. I want to shed light onto my own experience with growing up and how I managed to come to peace wi...
Kaya May23 days ago
Down the Road or Across It?
*Trigger Warning: this post talks about self-injury, suicide, and mental illnesses. Please take caution while reading.* When I was in high school I remember a particularly hot day where I was standing...
Courtney Luke24 days ago
Suicide Is Not Selfish
Life with mental health, like any other illness, comes with its own unique set of struggles one must learn to overcome. Yet, for many, the biggest struggle it seems is the way in which people treat, s...
T.K. Boomer25 days ago
Aliens and Autism
For several years my Facebook bio has read: “The only true nonconformist is one who can be no other way.” I wonder what people think of that. During my twenties, I had a T-shirt that read “Weird is Wo...
Zellie Wickera month ago
Suicide May Not Be the Answer, but It Also Isn't Selfish
Let me preface this article by saying that I do not condone suicide, but I do understand it. I do not want someone to read this and then say that I encouraged them to partake in the act, because that ...
Laura .a month ago
Headspace
Hello there! If you're reading this then you've stumbled across one of the spaces that I like to call 'Little Laura's World'—spaces that I've created to talk, and share experiences regarding mental he...
Courtney Joycea month ago
We Aren't Choosing to Drown, Our Minds Make Us Feel Like We Already Are...
I never once when growing up thought, When I get older, I would love to deal with consistent struggles of the mind. That sure sounds glamorous. And neither did the millions of others who suffer, and I...
Micky Thinksa month ago
When Praying Isn't Enough
TRIGGER WARNING* Nearly three years ago, a close friend of mine committed suicide. It wasn’t her first attempt. She had had an ongoing habit of downing an assortment of pills in flagrant attempts to m...
How I Got Over...
We never can understand the effects we have on people. Just being kind or rude can change a person's life at least for the moment. In the world we live in we are very judgemental. Cultural bullies who...
Bullies Owe Me Money
I feel that people who bullied me in the past owe me money in the present since emotional, verbal, physical, and psychological abuse do harm to your mental health with anxiety or PTSD symptoms. In thi...
Duffers Diarya month ago
Bad Nerves
"He was bad with his nerves, you know." I've always been slightly suspicious of the tendency to try to stick a diagnostic label that's the size of the launch pad at Cape Canaveral on every variant of ...
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Zadinya a month ago
Calling for Crisis Help and Getting the Police
Why are all these people outside my house? I don’t understand why they are here. I feel surrounded, and I’m really fucking scared now. * It’s Monday night. Well, Tuesday morning now. I’m sat on my bed...
Crystal .a month ago
Let's Talk About It
Can we talk about mental health? Yes. Let's talk about it. Isn't it time that we break the stigma about having this conversation? Why is that we are so scared to talk about mental health? It's just as...
Kelsey Waddle2 months ago
What Social Media Thinks It Knows
In today’s world, many young people are facing struggles with their mental health—with 10-20 percent of youth being affected by a mental illness. I can say that before I knew anything about what it me...
Nancy D2 months ago
10 Things ADHD People Are Sick of Hearing
I was diagnosed with inattentive ADHD just before I started college. Even before I was diagnosed I was sick of hearing things like, "Why can't you just try harder?" "Quit staring out the window," and,...
Heather Terese2 months ago
Mental Illnesses: They're Not Just All in Your Head, They're in Your Head
All too often those who struggle with mental illness hear the words “It’s all in your head,” a phrase that implies mental illness is just a figment of our imagination that can be sent away just as qui...
Mollie Mayers2 months ago
The Borderline of Mental Illness No One Is Talking About
For as long as I can remember I have had feelings of sadness, separation, anxiousness, and just feeling too God damn overwhelmed with being alive. Hear me out. I am not branded with a mental illness n...