With the increasing problem of mental health and physical illnesses, there is a need to recognize that seeking help and discussing these issues openly is important. Yet, stigma and hesitation to seek help prevent many from seeking treatment.
What is Stigma?
Stigma is an attitude of rejection or exclusion based on a real or perceived difference or lack of belief or understanding. Stigma can arise from a fear of the unknown, a lack of cultural awareness and an unwillingness to accept change. It is especially damaging when these attitudes are held by the very people in charge of protecting us.
The first step to overcoming stigma is to understand its roots. A good way to do this is to talk to people who have been affected by mental health issues or illnesses in your community. Ask them what they think is causing the stigma and what can be done to combat it.
Another way to help reduce stigma is to create awareness of what mental health actually is and how it can look different in different people.
When it comes to mental health and wellbeing, seeking help can be daunting and uncomfortable. However, it is important to remember that there is no shame in seeking help and that help is out there.
There are many resources available for help. You can seek help from friends and family, from religious or spiritual leaders, or from mental health professionals such as counselors or therapists.
Overcoming stigma and seeking help for mental health and physical health issues is important. It is possible to overcome stigma by understanding its roots, creating awareness and talking to people who have been affected. There are many resources available for help and no one should feel ashamed for getting help.