stigma

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

Heather Terese8 months ago
Mental Illnesses: They're Not Just All in Your Head, They're in Your Head
All too often those who struggle with mental illness hear the words “It’s all in your head,” a phrase that implies mental illness is just a figment of our imagination that can be sent away just as qui...
Mollie Mayers8 months ago
The Borderline of Mental Illness No One Is Talking About
For as long as I can remember I have had feelings of sadness, separation, anxiousness, and just feeling too God damn overwhelmed with being alive. Hear me out. I am not branded with a mental illness n...
Katie Thurston8 months ago
Mental Health Awareness Week: Day Six
"Caring for the mind is as important and crucial as caring for the body. In fact, one cannot be healthy without the other." - Sid Garza-Hillman The awareness that has been perpetuated throughout the c...
Allison MacInnis8 months ago
Breaking the Stigma
Stigma, defined as “a mark of disgrace associated with a quality, circumstance, or person,” is a word that I have heard almost every day of my life. By being a part of the LGBTQ+ community, I am seen ...
Katie Thurston8 months ago
Mental Health Awareness Week: Day One
“Your illness is not your identity. Your chemistry is not your character.” — Pastor Rick Warren I'm aware that some people may be posing the question: why do we still need a Mental Health Awareness We...
S P9 months ago
Mental Health Awareness From a Different Perspective
Sometimes we're powerless about the things we come into contact with in our daily lives. We are, however, in control of how we react to these things and how we let those things it into our life. Wheth...
Sahra Penumbra9 months ago
The Truth About Mental Illness Stigma
The stigma around mental illness isn’t what we are led to believe. What is the stigma around mental illness? Why is there stigma around mental illness? These are the questions we need to answer before...
Francis Grace9 months ago
Therapy Isn't Selfish
Recently, someone boldly announced that therapy was senseless in that it was simply a time where the patient got to talk about themselves for an hour. They went on to imply that this was a selfish act...
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Maddie Baldwin9 months ago
Mental Health and Physical Health
Most people should be aware by now that mental illness is becoming popular amongst society. This is a shame. More people are having a battle within their own minds and cannot find a way to help themse...
Amanda Doyle9 months ago
5 (Not So) Secrets About Mental Health
A few months ago, I was formally diagnosed with bipolar disorder type 2. I've always known something was up, and I've battled with depression my whole life, but there was some sort of weight lifted of...
Richard Bailey9 months ago
5 Common Misconceptions About Mental Illnesses
As we grow as a society and uncover more truths, mental illnesses start to show themselves more and more. Not because it is more common, but because more people are talking about the problems they are...
Alice Fernyhough9 months ago
Things Writers Need to Know About Mental Illness
Though novelists and screenwriters have undeniably made great leaps in their understanding of mental health since the Bronte sisters' depictions of undefined "madness" back in the Victorian era, plent...
Zoe North10 months ago
I Am My Mental Illness
The cliché I’ve experienced the most whilst having a mental illness is that it does not define who I am. Doctors, nurses and family members constantly reassuring us that despite the fact that we are l...
Cory Garner10 months ago
unABLE To Fail
Robert M. Hensel once said, "There is no greater disability in society than the inability to see a person as more." As a society, we are easily offended when someone labels or judges us by our gender,...
Annie Rhodes10 months ago
A Lifelong Battle
Growing up, I was called my family's sunshine girl. I brought joy and light into their lives. I was expected to always be happy and, for a while, I was. At the age of 14, everything changed. I found m...
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Lorraine Woiak10 months ago
Psychology Myths
Thanks to movies, social media, and poorly executed experiments, there are many rumors about psychology that hurt the field or those suffering from mental illness. Here are just a few myths you may ha...
Elizabeth Marx10 months ago
People of Colour and Mental Illness: Stigma and Culture
**This is a paper I did for a college course.** Introduction In the current society, mental illnesses are not viewed in a positive light. There are stigmas for each diagnosis. These stigmas, defined a...
S P10 months ago
Stop Using God as an Excuse to Discriminate
One of the most dangerous beliefs a person can have is that you can pray away mental illness. Religion, just like any other type of relationship, can be either healthy or toxic. Even though faith may ...