stigma

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

Viviane Gray10 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 Ann10 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 Hall10 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 Osborne10 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 Cosplay10 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 .10 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 Kinga year 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 Townenda year 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...
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 Clarkea year 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 ...
Phoenix Roronoaa year ago
Living with a Mental Illness
First off, I'm going to let it be known right here and now that I am not ashamed to admit that I have a mental illness and I somehow manage to make it through each and every single day of my life with...
Crazy Unicorna year 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 Smitha year 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 Maya year 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 Lukea year 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. Boomera year 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 year 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 ...