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 >>

Stigma makes me embarrassed to tell certain people that I experience depression

I wanted to write this while I was having a difficult time with depression myself, kind of as an outlet for myself but also as a way to raise awareness. I find that when I’m not suffering from depression it’s very difficult to look back at the phases where I was and pinpoint exactly how I felt as it is a big blur of nothingness and pain.

Stigma discourages people from talking about their mental health

I have always thought it is a basic human right to have the opportunity to express how you really feel, however, I think this doesn’t always happen.Katie's blog I think it is shameful that society has created stigma and discrimination which discourages people from talking about their mental health and, for some, from getting support, ad


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