stigma

People with mental illness represent one of the most deeply stigmatized groups in our culture. Learn more about it here.

  • Talia Devora
    Published 10 days ago
    Neurodiversity 101

    Neurodiversity 101

    Why am I passionate about neurodiversity?
  • Rae Shane
    Published about a month ago
    Owning My Disability Status

    Owning My Disability Status

    For years, I brought myself unnecessary trauma by ignoring that I was, in fact, disabled. I suffered from Generalized Anxiety Disorder, OCD, and Bipolar Depression since I was very young. Instead of kindness and sympathy, my symptoms were met with shame, from my family and my peers, 10-year-old me battled with comments like, “Nothing in your life is that bad! Snap out of it!” or, “You’re such a waterworks,” even, “There goes Ms. Perfect, worrying about everything.” My neurodivergence was a burden, a downer, a destruction from the things that needed to get done. Popularity eluded me, and I blamed my inability to relate to other kids, my weight, anything besides my emotional health because I didn’t realize my brain was different.
  • Matthew Angelo
    Published 2 months ago
    The Things We Don't Talk About in the Light
  • Marissa Hall
    Published 2 months ago
    Mental Illness

    Mental Illness

    The term mental illness can be daunting. It can be scary and bring an uneasy feeling. Discussing mental illness in public is frowned upon by some. But why? What made society believe that talking about mental illness is bad? Why are we afraid to discuss the seriousness of mental illness? Why are some people afraid of people with mental disorders? Is it their “unpredictability?” Or is it our inability to fully understand their illness?
  • Goosey Q.
    Published 2 months ago
    Cynicism

    Cynicism

    Growing up isn’t always easy. Learning about life & fighting the everyday struggles. Approaching someone new, you hear their words & you question their intent. Overtime you grow to find interest, but they start to ask for favors. You worry their intentions are more self reliant.
  • Remy Dhami
    Published 3 months ago
    Here’s what I, a sufferer of a mental illness, want to tell you

    Here’s what I, a sufferer of a mental illness, want to tell you

    I’m angry. I feel deserted by society, and I’m angry. People keep claiming they don’t understand mental illness until a designated day of the year, or until some pretty celebrity writes something on Instagram. So here, I plan to make you understand it, once and for all:
  • Tracy Rose
    Published 3 months ago
    To men in suits who mock mentally ill women.

    To men in suits who mock mentally ill women.

    This message is for you Mr. J****
  • sheryl
    Published 3 months ago
    Discussing mental health issues isn't de-stigmatized

    Discussing mental health issues isn't de-stigmatized

    The other day, I found myself discussing with a friend a Bollywood actor's suicide, which was allegedly triggered by his long term depression. She was heartbroken, as was I. Sushant Singh Rajput was a beloved inspiration to the masses and his death caused a huge mental health de-stigmatization movement which had everybody 'pretending' to be comfortable with mental ill-health and conversations revolving around the same.
  • Mohamed Maoui
    Published 4 months ago
    4 Reasons Why I Can’t Stop Talking about Mental health

    4 Reasons Why I Can’t Stop Talking about Mental health

    It has been almost a year and a half since I started advocating for mental health and trying my best to fight the stigma surrounding it.
  • Eliza Mae Winfree
    Published 4 months ago
    Waiting

    Waiting

    May is mental health awareness month and I, your obnoxiously woke friend, haven’t said anything about it. I’ve felt very self conscious about it, not because I have an “it” to talk about, but because I suddenly feel very inadequate. Who did I think I was to try to articulate any of the complexities of living with a mental illness? Why did I want to start talking about this in public and set myself any expectation to live up to? All I am now is a diagnosis, and, depending on who you are, that’s maybe not a good thing.
  • Nia on Air
    Published 5 months ago
    Mental Health Check-In 5/14/20

    Mental Health Check-In 5/14/20

    This morning I have been in a weird mood. I am not happy, but I am not sad. I am more in thought. I am, of course, thankful that at least I awakened to see another day, right? My kids are healthy and here, and my life seems to be okay if I was an outsider looking in. Many do not know that is what depression looks like. I go to therapy, take medication to control these vibes, But none of that works for more it seems. I want to be transparent at a point in my life, and I do not want to make the outside look good as much as I want the inside to feel good. That is the most essential part.
  • Diana Osborne
    Published 5 months ago
    Increasing Mental Health Issues - are they real, or are we too sensitive?

    Increasing Mental Health Issues - are they real, or are we too sensitive?

    Are mental health issues really on the rise? Some would argue that, statistically, yes they are, on the basis that Gen-Z Snowflakes are too easily upset and too ready to ‘identify’ with whatever personality or issue they choose. They lack the definitive British resilience, the Stiff Upper Lip, the Keep Calm and Carry On mentality.