Greetings friends! Today, I am going to write about what might happen if we can’t #StopTheStigma. The people who would be affected if the stigma does not stop would be those with mental illnesses, which is important because they are already dealing with a lot on their plate.
Self Stigma is when an individual believes in the stigma that surrounds them. Self-Stigma is dangerous, as it lowers self-esteem, makes individuals feel shameful about their illnesses, and they may eventually give up. Give up fighting the stigmas, give up caring about tasks, and give up finding help.
If one gives up finding help for their illnesses, it can hurt them in the long run. Being scared of judgement for an illness is a barrier in receiving proper medical help, and it is a cyclical process. They are tired of fighting their illness, decide to get help, but are scared of the repercussions of having a mental illness, scared of the doctors not taking them seriously, scared of what will be next, or scared of friends/family/coworkers reactions. Afraid of this, they may refuse to get help. Thus the cycle continues.
Never fall into self-stigma, for it is a monster in itself, and no one needs to fight mental illnesses alone. There are always people who care, and at the end of this post, I will be listing some hotline numbers to call if you ever need to speak with someone.
If the stigma is not ended, the general population remains ignorant to mental illnesses. Stigma locks in the misleading and incorrect ideas regarding those with mental illnesses, like “those with mental illnesses are just seeking attention”, or “she is faking her depression, anyone can just ‘snap out of it'”… the list goes on and on. So, if we do not #StopTheStigma, everyone will be affected.
We need education, and we need acceptance. Us with mental illnesses are not “dangerous” or “crazy”. We are people too, and we want to be treated as such!
I know this is a very heavy topic, but I am finished for today! Be on the lookout for my next post on Saturday! I love y’all, and till next time, my Warriors—