5 Simple Steps to Reduce Stigma About Mental Illness

1) Don’t label people who have a mental illness. Don’t say, “He’s bipolar” or “she’s schizophrenic.” People are people, not diagnoses. Instead, say “He has a bipolar disorder” or “She has schizophrenia.” And say “has a mental illness” instead of “is mentally ill.” All of this is known as “person-first” language, and it’s far more … Continue reading 5 Simple Steps to Reduce Stigma About Mental Illness

THE FIGHT: STIGMA verses SHAME

WELCOME TO THE BOXING MATCH OF Behavioral Health Disorders Introduction of Opponents: In the right corner we have the opponent Stigma weighing a little over disgrace. In the left corner we have the opponent Shame weighing a little over dishonor. Opponents Fighting BackGround: From Dictionary.com website it states: Stigma means...A mark of disgrace or infamy; … Continue reading THE FIGHT: STIGMA verses SHAME

The Stigma of Mental Health Issues

Recently I saw a post on Facebook that said “When cancer takes a life we blame cancer. Depression is a disease. Don’t blame the victim for losing the fight.” I’ve been thinking about it quite a bit. Partly because mental illness has touched our family, and partly because I’ve just submitted a story to the … Continue reading The Stigma of Mental Health Issues