stigma

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

Lu Groblebe11 days ago
The Grey Area
I have high functioning mental illnesses. Most people don't understand what that means, and they assume that "high functioning" means pretty close to normal. As if on a spectrum, normal is the light, ...
Haley Da month ago
Media Portrayal of Suicide
Suicide has always been a very touchy topic that many people try to avoid talking about for one reason or another. For some odd reason, suicide has become a taboo topic in today's society. The amount ...
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Markus Tyree2 months ago
Black Men, #YouGoodMan?
The emotional stoicism of Black men is something that few doctors, authors, families or society have talked about. While there are not many published works regarding this topic, the most notable of th...
Abbey Smith2 months ago
Why I Write
If you’ve ever read my blogs, you know I write a lot about mental health. I write about my journeys and experiences with both my physical and mental illnesses, and it’s something I’m very passionate a...
C West3 months ago
Mental Health
This is a book that will be focusing on the ins and outs of mental health, and I think it's important to be as educated as possible on these disorders, and I'm hoping this book can maybe help people i...
Melody Porter3 months 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 Lewis3 months 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 F4 months 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 Woods5 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 Shelby6 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 Lennon6 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 Rolfs6 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 Faith7 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 Wilson8 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 Price9 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-Paez9 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 Newton9 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...