Have you ever heard a family member, friend, or coworker make a joke or comment that stigmatized mental health?
I recently had a situation come up where the person used the “crazy” word to describe another person.
I remember thinking I had three responses I could choose:
- Say nothing
- Be mad & tell them off
- Educate them
There once was a time in my life where I would have chosen the first response, said nothing at all, and just held my anger inside.
What I finally realized was that by saying nothing – it was as if I was agreeing with them!
So, over the past 20 years, I’ve been on a mission to make a difference by educating people when I have the opportunity to do so.
Research shows the most effective way to decrease stigma towards mental health is when people come in to contact & have a personal experience with someone living with a mental health condition.
Whenever I get the chance, I identify myself as “a person living well with a mental health condition.”
There once was a time when breast cancer had the same stigma attached to it that mental health has today.
The path to ending that stigma was people having the courage to speak up, connect their personal experience to it, and create a different message.
I created a brochure for a task force I was on and want to share it with all of you. Click here!
My hope is that you will join me and no longer stay silent when you hear someone making stigmatizing or discriminating comments.
~ To Living Well TODAY! ~
via Esperanza – Hope To Cope
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