stigma

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

Stephanie King8 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 Townend8 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 Woiak8 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...
Summer Clarke8 months 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 Roronoa8 months 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 Unicorn8 months 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 Smith8 months 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 May9 months 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 Luke9 months 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. Boomer9 months 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 Wicker9 months 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 .9 months 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 Joyce9 months 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 Thinks9 months 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...
Iria Vasquez-Paez9 months ago
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 Diary9 months 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 10 months 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...