When most people hear that someone has a mental illness they automatically associate them with being “crazy” “unstable” “hard to be around” and will down right cut them off. This is called a Stigma, and with that stigma causes a domino effect. One person thinks it, they tell two people, those two people tell four, and so on.
My goal with this blog and my youtube channel is to erase that stigma. To let you know that just because you have a mental illness, does not mean your mental illness is you. A site that I visit called MentalHealthPlatform has lots of links on stigmas and erasing them. Here are some excerpts from the site
- One way to alleviate stigma is through education and by learning the facts about mental illness. This can help us talk openly and candidly about the illness, especially when comments are made that are untrue and misleading.
- Stereotyping, labeling, or blaming people with mental illness create a negative environment and can be demeaning and cruel.
- Avoid using words like crazy, wacko, loony, or nuts, or labeling someone by their diagnosis; e.g. schizophrenic.
- Treating people with mental illnesses like you would anybody else demonstrates respect for differences and dignity.
- 5. Respecting the rights of all people, including those with mental illness fosters equality. People with mental illness have the same rights to housing, employment and education as everyone else and their rights are protected under law.
- There are times when we feel depressed, or get unreasonably angry or overexcited. We even have periods when we think that everything and everybody is out to get us and that we can’t cope. Therefore let us combat stigma by demonstrating patience, understanding, love and support for the mentally ill, as this can happen to anyone.
People with mental illnesses are human, have feelings, and deserve the same amount of respect as anyone else. Let’s spread awareness!