Mental health stigma and discrimination: blogs and stories

1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year. When we make assumptions about how mental health problems will affect someone's behaviour, this makes it more likely that they will be singled out, or labelled as different, dangerous or strange. This is what we call stigma. Treating someone differently from how we treat others because of their mental health, whether consciously or subconsciously, is what we call discrimination.

People with mental illnesses often experience stigma and discrimination that can be worse than the illness itself. In our Stigma Shout survey, 9 out 10 people with mental health problems reported the negative impact of stigma and discrimination on their lives.

These blogs are written by people who have personal experiences of mental health stigma or discrimination and illustrate how it can affect them.

You can help by ensuring your friend or relative is not afraid to speak out about mental health or is left wondering where they can turn for help. Read our tips on talking or pledge to talk about mental health today >>


Men and mental health: Change will come 'dripping slowly' but change will come all the same

Men - particularly young men - often find it a struggle to express their feelings.Lol In the region in which I live, we have the second highest rate of suicide and self harm among young men in the country. This is something that I have always strived to change in a number of ways.

A father and daughter speak openly: 'We make time more for each other now'

From Nigel, father to Annie Annie & Nigel

Writing this through tears and so many feelings, one thing that never got away was my love for my daughter.

She needed help, from me and other people

She needed help, from me and other people. My view from day one was that she was ill, not mentally ill.

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