Hey y’all, Medicated Normalcy here! Today, I am going to theorize about the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses, and discuss what may be a possible way to #StopTheStigma! The three main sides of stigma are those with mental illnesses, the general public, and lawmakers.
I believe that the stigma of mental illness originally became contentious due to a lack of understanding. The typical response to something you do not understand is to shun/ignore whatever it is. Thus, the stigma was born. Everybody and every culture views mental illness in different ways; some are more accepting, others less so.
The key to ending the stigma of mental illness is openness and discussions. Knowledge is the answer… knowledge and acceptance. As soon as we, as a people, stop believing that all those with mental illnesses are “different”, “unhuman”, or “not normal”, stigma will be eradicated. Nevertheless, we need to learn how to fight mental health stigma until it no longer exists, and NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) released an informative site that listed 9 ways to do just that!
The World Health Organization, (WHO) has said that:
“Many people with mental health problems choose not to engage or maintain contact with mental health services, due to stigma and discrimination.”
The day that mental illnesses can be talked about [to anyone] without any sense of judgment/discrimination is the day that we end the stigma of mental illnesses!
Until the 23rd, my Warriors—