stigma

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

Andrea Guyton2 years ago
Fighting Back!
Think about it. If someone walks up to you and tells you that they have a cold, you wouldn't really think anything of it, right? You might take a few steps back and cover your mouth, but there's no sh...
S P2 years ago
The Things Suicide is Not: Cowardly, Weak or Selfish
“Suicide doesn’t happen to selfish people, it happens to depressed ones. We can’t keep calling something that people have no control over 'selfish.' It’s selfish of us to tell them “feel better” or “j...
S P2 years ago
Please Stop Saying Everyone Is a Little ADD
As I was sitting on the bus coming back from the gym yesterday, I overheard a conversation about this topic. How people think they have anxiety and other mental health issues because they had a bad da...
Carol Townend2 years ago
The Stigma Attached to EUPD and PTSD
When I tell people that I have Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder, they look at me as if I am crazy and often avoid me like the plague. They assume that I am violent or dangerous to be around. ...
Mental Illness
Let's start with a few facts that you may or may not be aware of. Did you know that in Canada only 1 out of 5 children that need mental health services receives them? Or how about that youth suicide r...
Summer Smith2 years ago
Open Letter to the Depressed and Anxious, or Both
"You'll be fine." "Just be happy." "Do something that makes you feel happy." "It's only a phase. We all have rough times. You'll get over it." "You do this just for attention." These things are consta...
Jessica Lowe2 years ago
I Am Strong Because I Have Known Weakness
I am 5 years old, my sister helps me up onto the counter top so we can find something to eat, Dad is at work - trying to provide. Mum is where she always is, on the sofa. I am 10 years old, my Dad pic...
Lydia Catherine2 years ago
Read This if You Think Mental Health Is a Joke
According to Statistics Canada, as of 2014, over 2,300,000 people were diagnosed with a mood disorder (1). That's approximately 6.3% of the population. The CMHO states that as many as 1 in 5 children ...
Rayel B2 years ago
The Day I Thought I Might Have DID (Or Multiple Personality Disorder)
It was a stressful day at the office like many others from the past year. Far from my hometown, living alone in a new city, unable to connect with the new people around me. I was feeling overwhelmed b...
Suicidal Ideation
Let's talk about something I'm all too familiar with, something I have experienced first hand. Let's talk about suicide. These days it seems suicide in the media is everywhere you look. From live stre...
Bushra Shahriar2 years ago
Stigma Reduction Can Have Different Outcomes
Things have been said in the past few months that really got me wound up about the different types of stigma reduction. It consists of raising awareness, including being comfortable talking about the ...
Raven Aurora2 years ago
Destigmatizing Mental Illnesses, Trauma, and Addiction
Suicide is never an easy thing to cope with or talk about. This year seems to have become the year that quite a few high-profile celebrities have elected to take the "easy" way out of their problems. ...
Winnie Rugamba2 years ago
Dear Africans, Mental Health is a Thing
Dear Africans, I write this with a heavy heart and as much as I know that mental health is a global issue, I write specifically to Africans because I am one and because I am familiar with the root cau...
Common Myths About Psychosis
Mental illness is heavily stigmatized, often to the point of it being a taboo subject. Though the medical community can tell you that keeping stigma is a prime reason why people are dissuaded from see...
S P2 years ago
Living in a Blameless World Part 1
The above is a version of a common meme that we all have seen online and it is essentially saying that the only treatment that you need for mental health issues is to walk them off and forget that the...
Rebecca Sharrock2 years ago
What It's Really Like to Have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is widely heard of and spoken about. Yet it is also one of the most misunderstood disorders at the same time. So many people jokingly describe moments of fussiness ...
S P2 years ago
Living in a Blameless World Part 3
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Jung “Becoming acquainted with yourself is a price well worth paying for the love that will really address your needs.'" – Daphne R...