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Mental Health and Stigmas by Yolanda McLemore

Everyday more and more people are seeking mental health support and guidance from therapists, counselors, and the like, but this was not always so. There are many stigmas that come with seeking mental health services, or even just simply asking for help with a problem. First, let’s define the word “stigma”. The dictionary defines stigma as; A mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. A stigma carries shame and dishonor to a person or group (ie. culture, race, gender, etc.).

People who suffer from mental illnesses struggle with their symptoms and the stereotypes, or prejudices, that come from others around them, which may prevent the person from seeking out the help they really need.

Growing up in the Christian faith as I have, I found that stigma plays a huge part in every decision we make. Some believe that shaming

What exactly is the WORK we must do?

  • Speak openly about mental health

  • Don’t shy away from hard conversations; Challenge yourself

  • Educate yourself about mental health

  • Show compassion for others dealing with mental health issues

  • Promote social awareness around mental health

  • Empower yourself and others

  • Congratulate yourself for big and small changes

  • KEEP your appointments

Mental health matters! The more you do, the more you learn!

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