To talk about Mental health stigma, It is important to know what stigma is. Stigma is a mark of disgrace that sets a person apart. When a person is labelled by their illness they are seen as part of a stereotyped group.
What Causes Misunderstanding
Creating your own conclusion
Simply not knowing
Individuals who have little to no exposure or idea to a mental disorder may have a self-perceived idea of what it is. This causes the individual to create their own conclusion and belief.
Worse than not knowing at all, someone who may be fed false information may a harsher or even too soft of a judge. If someone is taught that mental illnesses are not real, they will may not treat the person with the respect they deserve.
Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance leaves you in the dark and unaware of the real world. Those who simple don't know about Mental health and the disorders that come with it, they may judge too quickly or even become the bully.
In the past
Because medicine was undeveloped and information on mental health was scarce, it is clear why so many people created their own answers to their questions and conclusion on the subject. This was the start of Mental Health Stigma.
This Is the Present
Now that Medicine is more advanced and information is very accessible, there should be no reason for the stigma that was present in the past to be present now. But it is. With all of the education each of us are capable to receive, there is no reason to still be uninformed of such a real thing.
Stigma- regardless of type, is a serious thing that impacts individuals greatly. Stigma puts a label on a person. Once a person, now an illness. To rid society of any type of stigma, it is important to educate and expose the public to the real world. The more known, the less judged.