stigma

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

Becca M9 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 Deveney10 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 Pratico10 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 Brunskill10 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...
Laura Holliday10 months 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 Nashai10 months 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 Nashai10 months 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 Shaver10 months 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 Mayer10 months 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...
Samuel Bastablea year 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 Raczeka year 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...
Simone Raina year 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 Laua year 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,...