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 >>


Why mental health needs to be a part of our language

After being inspired by the 300 Voices Pilot project 'Other', I went away and wrote a spoken word around the issues of mental health. It was brought to my attention by Other that mental health issues are to often ignored or pre-conceived. As well as there being a massive stigma attached to the issue, many sufferers experience discrimination because of there mental health problem.

As a society, we need to step back and just 'Spare a minute not to judge'.

It can be hard to open up about mental health issues but I am showing people that I am not afraid anymore

I was recently diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder).May In the past (when I was in my early 20s) I had experienced an eating disorder and I had a mild form of depression.

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