Piggybacking off of last week’s post about Simple Ways You Can Improve Your Emotional Wellness; we wanted to share that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Our family personally knows how the stigma of mental health, as well as the illness itself, can effect a family. It is our hope that sharing this information with our readers will not only encourage you to educate yourself on the stigma’s mental illness but your children too.
What is Stigma? Why is it a Problem?
Stigma is when someone, or even you, views a person in a negative way just because they have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as a feeling of shame or judgment from someone else. Stigma can even come from a private place, unsettling feeling bad with being bad.
Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame, and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create enormous challenges to reaching out, getting needed support and living well. Learning how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us, especially when you realize stigma’s effects:
- People are experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying, and discrimination. This can make their journey to recovery longer and more difficult.
- Mental health conditions are the leading cause of disability in the United States.
- Even though most people can be successfully treated, less than half of the adults in the U.S. who need services and treatment get the help they require.
- The average delay between the onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death of youth ages 15-24 and the tenth leading cause of death for all Americans.
– Learn more about how you can help here
information provided by National Alliance on Mental IllnessChildren-MH-Facts-NAMI