According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, over 40 million Americans suffer from some form of mental Illness such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar, and anxiety disorders.
Mental Illness is not uncommon. In fact, one in every four families have family members who have mental health issues. Regardless of this astonishing figure, many of them do not seek help due to the stigma of mental health problems.
What can be done to reverse the stigma?
There are things we can do to abolish the stigma attached to mental health issues:
- Raise awareness
If you’re suffering from a mental health problem, then one of the best things you can do to reverse the stigma is using your own experience to educate other people.
- Educate yourself
When you educate yourself about these mental health issues, you will realize that the stigmas on these conditions are either exaggerations or lies.
A good start of educating yourself is learning the symptoms and treatment of different mental health illnesses. Doing this will make you understand what those people with mental health issues are battling with.
- Attend events that support the cause
Attending such events create a significant impact in removing the stigma on mental health illnesses. Being there and showing your support is like saying there is no shame in talking about mental health problems.