Stigma is when someone sees you in a negative way and discrimination is when someone treats you in a negative way. I think social stigma and discrimination can make mental health problems worse and stop a person from getting the help that they need.
Society in general has stereotyped views about mental illness and how it affects people. . My blog has got the word “crazy” referenced in it, its a word that is wrongly used to describe so many with mental health problems but it is accepted in society.
I think for me the fundamental reason behind the negative stigma and discrimination of mental health is down to peoples lack of understanding. Would talking about mental health to our families, our friends our colleagues to strangers help increase awareness, or would it only serve to intensify the stigma and discrimination that exists?
It is a question i am sure a lot of you have asked yourselves before.