What is Stigma? Why is it a Problem?

Stigma is when someone, or even you yourself, views a person in a negative way just because they have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as a feeling of shame or judgement from someone else. Stigma can even come from an internal place, confusing feeling bad with being bad.

Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support and living well. Learning how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us, especially when you realize stigma’s effects:

  • People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and discrimination. This can make their journey to recovery longer and more difficult.

  • Mental health conditions are the leading cause of disability across the United States.

  • Even though most people can be successfully treated, less than half of the adults in the U.S. who need services and treatment get the help they need.

  • The average delay between the onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years.

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death of youth ages 15-24 and the tenth leading cause of death for all Americans.

I'M AM A MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE

  As a Mental Health Advocate, I seek to transform the toxic impact of stigma by creating safe spaces for authentic, culturally competent, and evidence-based dialogue on individual & collective mental health. I believe our world is currently in a mental health crisis. Global headlines of public violence incidents coupled with increasing rates of depression, anxiety and suicide permeate. Despite prevalence, there is significant lack of social, systemic and supportive mental health resources. Through a platform of resilience and self-care, I seek to empower diverse communities to explore their vulnerabilities, identify strengths that allow for survival, and cultivate resources that ensure thriving.

Leadership

Mental Health Training & Certifications:

Sustainable Development Goals

I am committed to 10 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Based on my education & expertise, I believe these 10 goals are social determinants of mental health. I join changemakers across the globe in implementation and facilitation of  #Envision2030. An initiative focused on collective impact in achieving equity & equality across all populations. 

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