Why do people think so negatively about Mental Health?
First let’s talk about What is a Stigma?
Well a stigma is negative perception.
When we talk about the stigma against mental health we’re referring to people “looking at you in a negative way because of your mental illness.
Where is there a stigma anyway?
Research has shown that demonstrated that this negative perception about mental health as increased over the past twenty years and continues to do so. Those same studies showed one of the reasons is because people with mental health are associated with beliefs of danger.
I’m sure we all know at least one person in our family or friend group that has struggled with mental health issues so Mental Illness really is NOT that uncommon.
We have to make active effort to challenge the stigma.
How do we do that?
Here’s a few things we can do:
Talk about mental health more openly
We need to have open conversations about mental health because the truth is it is important. Not just when it comes to illnesses but even maintenance.
Be kind. You have no idea what other people are going through, dealing with, or thinking about.
Educate yourself and others
Before you say anything, do some research. Half of the thing people “think” mental health is wrong. People who struggle with mental health are have chemical imbalances in their brains and must take proactive steps to get better. Be a good friend or family by learning about it.
Be mindful of your language when talking about mental health
Please understand that the WORDS hurt. Do not speak of mental illness as “horrible thing.” Do NOT say people who have mental health issues “are crazy” or even casually say “She/He/They are so bipolar.” The terminology used sometimes can be offensive to someone who is actually going through it.
Choose empowerment over shame
If you are someone who is managing your mental health illness, consider this: your thoughts matter.