Perspectives on Mental Health Stigma

Stigma, misconceptions, prejudice and discrimination surrounding mental health issues can be far more damaging than the mental health issues themselves.

The stigma can lead to people feeling like they can’t talk to family and friends about difficulties they’re having, not seeking help, or even becoming marginalised in society – despite the fact 1 in 4 of us in any given year will experience a mental health problem.

Much of this is to do with a lack of awareness and the fact that we don’t talk about mental health as openly as we should, which is why today, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2015 – we present a selection of videos from people discussing their perspective on mental health stigma.  Though there are similar themes throughout, everyone has an individual experience of stigma and an individual take on it.  You can watch these below.

However, we’d also like to hear about your experiences and find out your perspective.  Do you see it differently?  Have your experiences been similar?  Do you have any ideas of how you could raise awareness and fight stigma, even if it’s in a small way?  Do you think you could use your experiences to help other people?  We welcome all views and ideas!  Leave a comment at the bottom of this page or get in touch with us through the About Us page!

Kevin Breel

Kevin Breel is a 20 year old stand-up comic, writer and mental health activist, experiencing depression.  In the video below, Kevin talks honestly about his personal experience of depression and the stigma surrounding it and mental health in general.

Please be advised that you may find the video triggering if you are sensitive to the topic of suicide.

 

Alicia Raimundo

 

Ruby Wax

 

As we said before, we’d also like to hear about your experiences and find out your perspective.

Do you see it differently?  Have your experiences been similar?  Do you have any ideas of how you could raise awareness and fight stigma, even if it’s in a small way?  Do you think you could use your experiences to help other people?  We welcome all views and ideas!  Leave a comment at the bottom of this page or get in touch with us through the About Us page!

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