stigma

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

Ross Trowbridgea year ago
#Project I Am Not Ashamed
Welcome everyone, to Project I Am Not Ashamed. I created this project for one simple reason: breaking the mental health stigma, one person at a time. I found that creating awareness and education on s...
Rebekah Gilmoura year ago
Recognising the Signs of a Suicidal Person
September 17th 2017, exactly ten days after my birthday, I lay crumpled on the floor in so much agonising pain because I did not now how I would make it through the news that my friend had just hung h...
C. B. Blancharda year ago
Identifying with the Monster
I knew I didn't fit from a very young age. Later, therapists would tell me I'd suffered from mental illness since childhood, that the way I left my body to live inside my own imagination was a clear s...
Lydia Catherinea year ago
Should Mental Illness Be Treated the Same as a Physical Illness?
The short answer: Yes. Please allow me to persuade you to agree with me. The Long Answer: Mental illness affects an astounding (and increasing) number of people across North America. 1 in 5 people in ...
Charlie Allena year ago
Attention Seeking
Attention seeking gets a bad rap. When people think of attention seekers, they think of those people who use things such as depression, to get attention. While that may be true, it has a very negative...
Lisa Michellea year ago
Beating the Stigma
I will no longer allow my mental illness to define me. Being labeled as mentally ill has the potential to create difficulties in many ways. But giving in to the stigma behind mental illness, makes thi...
Chelsea Perrona year ago
Me, Myself, & The World
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Interesting. I wonder how many words a feeling is worth. Some days I feel like the colours outside are a little more dull than bright. On those days my co...
Tianna Briannea year ago
The Black Stigma
I was born to two wonderful, loving parents. I am truly grateful for that. I used to make it a point to break every stereotype that was thrown at me. For example, I would style my hair a different way...
Sarah Fennella year ago
5 Myths About Mental Illnesses
Mental illnesses come in all shapes and sizes. Since there are so many mental disorders, there is also tons of misinformation that gets circulated throughout our society. Have you ever heard anyone sa...
S Pa year ago
Bell's "Let's Talk" Campaign Puts a Much Needed Face on Mental Health Awareness
One thing that I've noticed about every job that I've held is the measure of intolerance that exists in today's workplace towards people who are diagnosed with a mental illness. The unfortunate truth ...
Laura McCarthya year ago
'Don't Call Me Crazy'
Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, be it depression, anxiety, or otherwise. It's a statistic we have all heard of, and if you think about it,...
Devin Huberta year ago
I'm Not Crazy
Since I was thirteen, I've been continuously called crazy. The older I got, the more common it was to hear those words come from anyone who knew me, whether it was on a personal level or from someone ...
Meg Burchella year ago
I Am Not a Patient
2013 was the year everything changed. It was dark time in my life a few years ago when everything familiar to me was changing—a period I can only describe as a complete breakdown of my mentality. So m...
Nadine Haigha year ago
Who Am I?
I am the person that people point and whisper about, the one that is frowned upon by some and ridiculed by many. I have severe depression. I am emotionally unstable and my anger knows no bounds. I was...
Sarah Fennella year ago
O.C.D. Is An Acronym
The acronym O.C.D. stands for obsessive compulsive disorder. It's characterized by unreasonable thoughts or fears and is usually accompanied with anxiety and feelings of guilt. Ritualistic behaviors, ...
Mary Caitlyna year ago
Let’s Talk About Mental Health
As of 2016, the suicide rate in America has peaked drastically. Most of the time, you look at a suicide and think, “Oh, that’s too bad.” But when it hits home, it’s the most unbearable pain to ever be...
Break the Silence
What will other people think? Nearly everyone raised in the South Asian community will have heard their parents use this as a variable in their decision process. This constant focus on perception not ...
Esty Vardya year ago
Underwater
Education is key to growth. Einstein said you can’t fix things with the same mind that created the problem, or something close to that, anyway. To really learn, we have to have an open mind and be willing to hear things we may not like or want to admit. It’s going to be uncomfortable. That’s when you know it’s working. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable and you’ll understand a tiny bit of what someone with mental illness deals with every day. And we can’t avoid it like you can. Knowledge i...