Mental Health: Stigmas and Seeking Treatment
Talk openly about emotions and mental health with your peers, friends, and mentors
Educate yourself and others about mental health and issues surrounding it
Be conscious of the language you use and things you say to avoid being offensive or ignorant.
Have compassion towards people who are dealing with mental health and offer support to those struggling through the effects.
Choose empowerment over shame
At some point in their lifetime, 1 in 5 people will develop a mental illness
of gun deaths in 2015 were suicide
Ways to Combat Stigma
It is important for each individual to take steps to reduce and eliminate the stigma around mental health to create a better society
"I'm scared I can't take care of myself"
"My peers, school, and family don't or won't support me"
"I'm afraid other people will judge me"
"What if other people think I'm just faking the illness?"
"I don't want to be labeled as disabled"
What causes people with mental illnesses not to seek
Ella Erdahl, Kaitlyn Mohr, Annie Warren
People seeking treatment by age
People who got treatment
People who went untreated