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The Consequences of Mental Health Stigma

Imagine, for a second, living in a world where physical health is met with the same stigma as mental health:


You have a stable job, a loving partner, and a roof over your head. By every imaginable metric, life is good. And then one day, out of nowhere, you feel a minor ache in your abdomen. You think nothing of it, hoping it will go away with time. However, a week later, the pain seems to be intensifying. What at first seemed like a minor annoyance has turned into unbearable pain. Simple, everyday tasks have become nearly impossible.


While you know you can't bear this pain for much longer, you fear the consequences of seeking help. What if people start to think you are weak, unstable, or unreliable? What if seeking help impacts your social relationships? What if you lose your job? Unfortunately, these fears associated with stigma are not without precedent. While our understanding, knowledge, and awareness of mental health is better than it has ever been, the stigma associated with mental health persists. This stigma is not imagined, either. Disclosing your mental health disorder at work