"Many people admit that they are afraid of what they do not understand!"
Mental Health Stigma
Majority of our population struggles with their Mental Health or a Mental Illness, but yet it is still stigmas. Many people often attach negative cliches to mental health conditions compared to physical diseases and conditions. Although, the perception of Mental Health and Mental Illness has improved over the years. Research suggests, stigmas and biases against Mental Health is still powerful, mostly due to mass media stereotypes and lack of knowledge. Stigmas affects the number of individuals seeking treatment and limits the amount of resources available for proper treatment. Misinformation about Mental Health causes people to feel overwhelmed, confused, and frustrated about their mental condition.
Mental illness is not something that happens to others, it is something that affects us all. The true question is, why is it still met with so much fear, resistance, and biases? Mental Illness is not a personal failure, it is not a moral shortcoming, or a form of weakness but a health condition that affects how a person thinks, behaves, and interacts with others. We need more transparency, more conversations, and more education to help fight the stigmas and biases associated with Mental Health and Mental Illness.
People who suffer from mental health disorders, whether it be depression, schizophrenia, or any other number of disorders, are not 'weird' or 'crazy'. The brain of these individuals simply functions differently than those who have a stable mental health status.
Things You Can Do to Help
1). Show individuals respect and acceptance
2). Advocate within your circle of friends and family members
3). Learn more about Mental Health and Mental Illness
4). Combat Self-Stigma