Mental health “Stigma Stinks!”

For as long as I can possibly remember, I’ve always been a thinker, a worrier and the most humdrum of tasks often strike me down in a stomach churning pit of nerves. `Relentlessly and constant throughout my entire life.’

For me personally,’ I first became a victim of “Stigma” at the tender and impressionable age of 10 years old. My first encounter with “Stigma” came from a group of boy’s and girls during my time at Northgate infants school, Nottingham. (1973). Children would taunt and call me wicked names, kick, punch and spit at me. The devastating reason behind all this STIGMA! Stemmed from the shocking news that my narcissistic Father was in fact a “convicted Paedophile.”

In my personal opinion. Children should be taught from an early age about all aspects and different forms of social stigma in our society today. `After all… It’s the playground where it all starts!’ The Stigma then spills out into our society as early as infancy. Early intervention is PARAMOUNT!!

People with mental health problems say that the social “stigma attached to mental ill health and the discrimination they experience can make their difficulties worse and make it harder to recover.

Nearly nine out of ten people with mental health problems say that stigma and discrimination have a negative effect on their lives.

“Mental illness “stigma!” Has affected my life in many different ways.”

A mental illness is just one characteristic of what makes a person who they are. Unfortunately, many people get caught up in labelling themselves which limits their ability to think of themselves as anything more than their diagnosis.

People who suffer from mental illness, including depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, face a litany of challenges: dark moods, an inability to enjoy life’s pleasures, powerful prescription medication, isolation, and “Social Stigma” Making things worse, many also experience the pain of self-stigma, an under-reported condition in which the patient internalizes social myths and prejudices about mental illness. Experts say self-stigma can impede a depressed or mentally ill persons ability to recover.







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