I have mentioned many times before that the stigma surrounding mental health has been around for a very long time. This stigma and discrimination has been entrenched in human society and has primarily been at fault for preventing people from seeking proper treatment for their condition. Essentially, this unjust stigma caused individuals and their families to hide their conditions for fear it would be discovered and they would then become subject to ridicule and alienation.
However, I am hopeful that the tide is turning (despite any changing political landscapes). The anti-stigma movement is too strong to hold back and grows more powerful each and every day. many individuals are part of this movement, from politicians, celebrities and the typical person walking down the street. Whenever I start to get down about things I will often look to the words of others to pick me back up. In this vein, I thought I would share my personal favorite top quotes about mental health stigma which always tend to help me revitalize and refocus!
“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, more unashamed conversation about illnesses that affect not only individuals, but their families as well.”
“Calling it lunacy makes it easier to explain away the things we don’t understand.” (Megan Chance, The Spiritualist)
“Officially it is no more possible to be a little OCD than it is to be a little bit pregnant or a little bit dead.” (David Adam)
“Stigmas speak to the idea of difference and how difference shames us and those we know.” (Michael Lewis)
“No one would ever say that someone with a broken arm or a broken leg is less than a whole person, but people say that or imply that all the time about people with a mental illness.” (Elyn R. Saks)
“We know that mental illness is not something that happens to other people. It touches us all. Why then is mental illness met by so much misunderstanding and fear?” (Tipper Gore)
“Where LGBT and mental health issues collide is over stigma. And stigma is society’s problem and not the problem of the LGBT or Mental Health community. What we have to deal with is the ignorance, fear and prejudice that blight the lives of those who have nothing wrong with them in any moral or transgressive sense. It is society that is ill. (Stephen Fry)
“We’re not crazy or insane. We are just people living with a condition.” (Emma Sinclair)
Hopefully you see something in there that clicks for you as well. 🙂