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Destigmatizing mental health is an ongoing process that requires collective effort. By taking these actions and encouraging others to do the same, we can work towards creating a more understanding and supportive community.

What is stigma?

Stigma: A set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society has about something 

Stigmas around mental health

Exclusion. Silence. Telling people to toughen up or snap out of it. Calling someone "crazy" or "pyscho" for having mental illness. That seeking treatment is weak and weird. That only "crazy" people need therapy or medication for their mental health. 


Ways you can destigmatize

1. Take the Pledge: Help us create a connected community by taking the pledge to destigmatize mental health seeking behaviors. 


2. Educate Yourself: Knowledge is a powerful tool. Learn about mental health, common misconceptions, and the impact of stigma. Understanding the facts empowers you to challenge stereotypes.


3. Start Conversations: Break the silence surrounding mental health by initiating open and honest conversations. Share information, personal experiences, or relevant news to encourage dialogue.


4. Challenge Stigmatizing Language: Be mindful of the words you use and correct stigmatizing language when you hear it. Language shapes perceptions, and changing the way we talk about mental health can make a significant impact.


5. Support Others: Demonstrate empathy and understanding when someone opens up about their mental health. Offer your support and encourage them to seek professional help if needed.


6. Promote Positive Narratives: Share positive stories and examples of individuals who have overcome mental health challenges. Highlighting resilience and success stories helps combat negative stereotypes.


7. Participate in Mental Health Initiatives: Join or support organizations and initiatives that work towards destigmatization. Attend events, workshops, or campaigns focused on raising awareness about mental health.

Social media can be a great source for stigma-busting support. The image above is linked to a popular account.

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