stigma

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

Samuel Bastable3 months 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 Raczek4 months 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 Rain4 months 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...
Iria Vasquez-Paez4 months ago
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 Lau4 months 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 Fritz4 months 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 Gray4 months 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 Ann4 months 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 ...
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 Hall5 months 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 Osborne5 months 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...
Texxx-Man Cosplay5 months ago
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 .5 months 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...
Stephanie King6 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 Townend6 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 Woiak6 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...