Theorizing the Stigmas Surrounding Mental Illness

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—

Medicated Normalcy♥

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4 comments

  1. ᎤᏬᏗᎨ · March 23

    Medicated Normalcy, it was a delight reading your post (as usual). But this time you dug a little deeper into something I’d never really thought about before. It was enlightening to recognize the stigma surrounding mental illness. It was also sad. I wish people could feel comfortable getting help, and hopefully one day we will live in a world where discrimination is null and void. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Medicated Normalcy · March 23

      Thank you so much ᎤᏬᏗᎨ for your comment. It is really saddening that some will not seek treatment for fears of being labeled as their illness. But, if we continue to fight the stigma, we will be able to talk openly about mental illnesses, with no shame, guilt, or any other negative feelings. People will be more educated, and there would be significantly less ridicule. That is a bright future that I look forward to!

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  2. Speaker · March 26

    I really like this post. It is important to stop having a stigma towards people who have a mental illness. I sometimes find it hard to try to connect with people who have a mental illness. Do you have any suggestions on how to connect with them? Or is there a better way to help them?

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    • Medicated Normalcy · March 26

      Thank you, Speaker!
      When connecting with someone who has a mental illness, ask them about their hobbies, their past-times, and what they do for fun. Unless they bring up their mental illness, I highly recommend bringing it up (sometimes it is nice not to address the elephant in the room).
      If you want to help them, bring up some issues you have been seeing casually. This is tough for both you and them, and you want them to know you want what is best for them– to be safe and healthy. Ask about what options they would consider; seeing a doctor, joining therapy, or other therapeutic measures to help them. Always be supportive and encouraging, and let them know you are there for them and just want the best thing possible for them.
      Thank you so much for the questions!
      –Medicated Normalcy

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