Mental Health: Fighting the Stigmas

 

Are you suffering from extended periods of emotional pain?  Are you reluctant to visit a mental health professional because –

  1. You’re anxious about what your family, friends or neighbors may think?

  2. You know you should be strong enough to get over your emotional pain?

  3. You believe that a mental health professional can’t make a difference in how you feel?

 

If you answered “yes” to the first question and any of the last three questions, you have been affected by the stigmas relating to mental illness.  It’s time to stop letting these stigmas keep you from obtaining the support you need to alleviate your emotional pain. 

 

What is a stigma?  A stigma is a judgement upon an individual’s character and, in families and small communities, these judgements can have powerful and sometimes devastating consequences.  When a person is in emotional pain, the related stigmas are that the person is weak, has poor life man