It is an undisputed fact that individuals who experience mental health issues are often faced with discrimination that result from misconceptions of their illness. As a result, many people who would benefit from mental health services often do not seek treatment for fear that they will be viewed in a negative way. Together, we can all do our part to reduce stigma, here are some ideas:

  • - Educate yourself about mental illness. Having the facts can help you challenge the misinformation that leads to stigma.

  • - Be aware of words. Don’t reduce people to a diagnosis. Instead of a “schizophrenic,” say a person with schizophrenia.

  • -Support those with mental health issues and treat them with respect & encourage them to get help or stick with treatment.

  • -Share your story. If you or someone in your family has a mental illness, speak up about it. Your example could help someone else.


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