Stop Stigma

Let the light in: Stop stigma

Mental illness may be difficult to live with, but the stigma associated with it can be even more challenging.  It’s time to let the light in to shine on those of us working hard every day to make the most of the hand that mental illness has dealt us.  We all have the power to be stigma warriors.

 

Raise your voice

To bring an end to stigma, we need to speak up.  Research has shown that the most effective way to fight stigma is for those of us living with mental illness to come out loud and proud, since it is contact with regular people with mental illness that has the greatest effect on people’s stigmatized attitudes..

If you want to reach a wider audience than you can on your own blog, these two posts have suggestions and links for places where you can share your story.

 

Get involved

These are some of the organizations that promote dialogue around mental health stigma on a broader scale.

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Stigma Fighters logo                                       Time to change logo

Sick not weak logo

 

Posts on stigma

These are posts on Mental Health @ Home that focus in on the issue of stigma.

 

Stigmatized beliefs re. violence

Sadly, there are still people who believe that mental illness increases the risk of becoming violent.  This is especially apparent when politicians blame gun violence on mental illness.  The reality is that people with mental illness are no more likely than anyone else to become violent, and are actually at increased risk of being victims of violence.