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Mental Health Stigma

Mental health stigma refers to societal disapproval, or when society places shame on people who live with a mental illness or seek help for emotional distress, such as anxiety, depression, mental health illness or emotional distress. The cause of this stigma is the result of lack of awareness, lack of education, lack of perception, and the structural nature and complications of the mental illness. Mental health stigma refers to negative stereotypes of those with a mental health problem. These stereotypes mark people with mental distress out as different and prevent them from being seen as an individual. Thus, they are treated unequally due to their mental illness. As rightly said by Glenn Close, “What mental health needs is, more sunlight, more candour, more unashamed conversation.”

Written by Saira Dua (MYP 3B)

When you get out of depression, there’s a huge sense of relief, but it’s not one you’re entitled to enjoy. Instead, you’re filled with fear of it happening again, as well as embarrassment and insecurity, as you understand how your illness ruined your family, your career, and everything else that was left undisturbed while you attempted to survive. We become thinner, paler, and weaker when we return to life… yet we are stronger. Those who survive get a pat on their back from co-workers who congratulate them on making it through. Survivors have more work than normal because their friends and relatives are exhausted from helping them in a battle they may not understand. I’d really love to see a crowd of thousands of people wearing silver ribbons as a symbol that they recognize how hard the secret battle is.

Written by Anya Agrawal

Artwork by Nysha Kapoor (MYP 3F)