7 Ways to Diffuse Mental Health Stigma

7 Ways to Diffuse Mental Health Stigma

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Discussing mental health in a positive and healthy environment is something that societies never really came to terms with. It has been a stigma throughout history, and unfortunately, it’s still the same for some communities. People are still scared to come to terms with the fact that mental disorders are becoming more common than ever before.

Fortunately, there are advocates of the case, who continuously put their efforts in identifying mental disorders over time to reveal the different brain health problems people can experience.

Today, these mental disorders are rising at an alarming pace. It’s high time to realize that it has become crucial to bridge the gap and address the mental health issues before it’s too late. People who are going through some sort of mental health problem are scared to come clean with it. That’s mainly because most of the times, people are being blamed for their condition.

Friends and family also fail to take them seriously. They laugh it off calling it ‘just a phase.’ And if they try to help the person, they’d tell them to focus, and ‘easily control’ what they feel. In short, such people are given no justice and are rather discriminated against. This is exactly the behavior the stigma has led to.

Mental disorders are as serious as any other physical health issue. It’s important to diffuse the stigma and understand the consequences and risk factors associated with brain health. It has reached a point where voicing opinions has become crucial to come together and help people address these serious problems.

Mentioned below are the top seven ways to fight the stigma around mental health:

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Do not make mental health a taboo

Be open to discussing mental health. Talking openly on the subject can help people come clear about their own struggles. It’s a way to encourage them to speak up about the emotional traumas they go through due to mental health issues.

Keeping such sensitive yet important topics as a taboo is the most common mistake we make as a society. Instead of providing a platform to these people to speak up, we take away their chance to figure out they are not alone and they can seek help to feel better.


Spread awareness

Learning more about mental health is the best way to represent it in the best light. There’s a lot of misrepresentation around the subject. This is another major reason why most individuals prefer staying in isolation about it or look for other ways.

To burn down this stigma once and for all, awareness is imperative. Individuals who support the theorem should not only educate themselves about it but also work on spreading awareness and consciousness about mental health.

Not only does it help more people to open up their minds and approach it, but awareness also helps people suffering to address their struggles.


Be careful about your language

It’s very easy for us to associate some hurtful words to people’s condition when we find out about their psychological illness. Unfortunately, we have this natural installation of phrases in our system. We do not hesitate to use words like crazy, nuts, mad, and psychologically weak for a person diagnosed with a mental disorder.

Such adjectives can do more harm than benefit, especially if a person is trying to cope up with their condition. Be more choosy with your words avoid using stigmatizing phrases.


Do not compare mental and physical ailments

There’s no comparison. In fact, the seriousness of both mental and physical ailments should be treated equally. Just like physical ailments are our body’s disorders, mental illnesses are a result of brain disorders.

Anyone can develop these problems. It’s important to identify them and know that it’s not normal. One should be aware of the seriousness of the issue. To diffuse the stigma, it’s essential to treat emotional health just like any other chronic ailment. Addressing the issue is the best way to offer successful treatment.


Choose empowerment instead of suffering

Another efficient way to fight the stigma around mental health is to lead an empowered life. Anyone who’s diagnosed with a mental disorder should not allow others to guide them how to conduct their lives or feel about themselves.

Self-empowerment is a great step one can take towards diffusing this stigma. It’s a very personal matter and giving the right to dictate your feelings to other people will only make it worse. Suffering and oppression will only contribute to growing this stigma. Take the honoring decision of directing your own life. Seek for therapy and treatment and never feel bad about yourself.


Hold workshops and private sessions

As mentioned earlier, awareness is one of the best and most effective ways to help address the issue like it should be discussed. To fight off the stigma around mental health, think about going on a larger scale to talk about the subject.

Holding workshops where you can talk freely about mental health, different disorders, and the tons of ways one can consider for treatment is a great way to bring awareness. During these meetings, it is also significant to speak to people and empower them. Give them the courage and hope that they can find help and that they are not alone.


Talk about treatment

It is a standard approach to look for the right treatment and recovery therapies for physical problems. It takes a lot of courage for an individual to be open about their mental condition. They are also scared of being judged for their sufferings.

Speak to people who have actually taken medical assistance and recovered from their issues. Such people can share their own experience to bring awareness in the society. Take every opportunity to make assistance and access to medicines a reality for these people.


Final word

Suffering a mental disorder can take a toll on an individual’s life if not taken care of in time. People develop various behavioral and character issues. Self-criticism is one such issue that often leads to a person blaming him or herself for their condition.

Stigmatization should be slashed off once and for all. It can become an on-going risk factor for such people, and it keeps them from addressing their issues and seeking medical attention.

Let’s add persistence, courage, and strength into our collective voice to fight the stigma around mental illness and brain health.


Disclaimer: The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

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Alycia Gordan is a freelance writer who loves to read and write articles on healthcare technology, fitness, and lifestyle. She is a tech junkie and divides her time between travel and writing. You can find her on Twitter: @meetalycia

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