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 >>


Relationships are crucial in creating stigma - and ending it

I’ve encountered a lot of relationships in my life that have made me feel a stigma surrounding mental health. It's been important for me to recognise and become aware of the individuals who I felt have done this. In doing so, I’ve been able to improve my own mental health by talking to those individuals, help them to understand how what they say or do is stigmatising. that causes your reaction, which could result in an agreement that such interactions should be avoided, or at the very least significantly reduced.

I'm tired of hiding my depression

My name’s Becca and I have depression.

This isn't usually something I shout from the rooftops. I don't really like people knowing that I have mental health issues, that I struggle a lot, that I worry all the time, that I fear people don't like me or are annoyed by me, that I can snap at the kids for little reason, that I can get really angry, that I can get obsessive over things and when I am at my absolute lowest that I think everyone would be better off without me.

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