Why Fight Stigma?


Some days you read words and nod. Some days you read words and yell. And today I read these words and jumped out of my chair with a spontaneous “YESSSSSS!”

Are you sitting comfortably? (I was)

A Journey with You

Everyone throws around the word stigma when it comes to mental illness, and many nonprofits have sprung up to combat that stigma. But what is stigma in regards to a mental illness, and why is it important to try and fight it? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines stigma as “a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that society or group of people have about something.”

People with a mental illness are some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Someone who is psychotic can’t make good decisions for their self and could easily end up as a victim. There are other ways that mentally ill people can, and do, end up in bad situations and I believe some of the reasons why is related to stigma.

The stigma regarding a severe mental illness is experienced by people who are diagnosed with that illness in several ways. First, when the…

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