Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Breaking Stigmatism

I was asked by the author, Tricia, if I would participate in an interview for her Tumblr Blog called Breaking Stigmatism.

Breaking Stigmatism blog shares stories that help others to shake off the stigma that surrounds mental illness.  It was really lovely to be asked, and it was nice having a chance to think and write about my blog and what it has achieved.

Image from heroesinrecovery.com

The only way to break stigma down, to change the views of others is to be open and honest.  The Mental Health Foundation states that 1 in 4 people will suffer from some kind of mental illness in the course of a year, women are more likely to have been treated for a mental health problem, and that mixed anxiety and depression are the most common mental disorders in Britain.  Looking at those statistics, it is very likely that someone you know will have faced similar challenges and issues, even if it's not caused by the same thing.  When we stop thinking that we are the only one suffering, we can realise that we are not alone. 

If we act like we are stigmatised, if we hide, worried what the world around us may think, we simply fuel the stigma fire.  Stand up, tell it how it is for you, there is nothing to be ashamed of.

Read the full interview HERE.

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