"Crazy, Dangerous, Weak"...Fight the Stigma
Recently, you may have heard someone state that we need to fight the stigma against mental health, but what exactly does that mean, and how can you help?
Overall, stigma is defined as negative beliefs associated with a particular circumstance. In regards to mental health, often times people believe that those with mental illness can be dismissed as “weak,” “crazy,” or “dangerous.” These views are inaccurate and damaging, and show a misunderstanding of mental illness. This leads us to your very first step, and a few more!
Educate yourself and others.
Here is a link that dispels some popular myths about mental illness!
Be aware of the language you use.
Do not use mental illnesses as adjectives for everyday matters. Doing so can trivialize or mischaracterize illnesses, and can make it difficult for those suffering to get help.
Be understanding and supportive of others.
Know a person is more than their illness, and treat them as such.
You may not understand or be able to imagine the problems someone is suffering because of their mental illness, but instead of being dismissive, you should let them know that you are there to listen and that you support them in their journey.
Refuse to stigmatize yourself!
By being open and accepting of yourself, you can inspire others to do the same. If you feel that you need treatment, do not feel afraid to pursue it!