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How Mental Health is Becoming Destigmatized

Mental health is a vital aspect of our well-being, but it has often been misunderstood, ignored, or stigmatized by society. However, in recent years, there has been a growing movement to destigmatize mental health and promote awareness, acceptance, and support for people who experience mental health challenges.


Destigmatizing mental health means looking at it from a new perspective. It’s basically trying to see mental health in a different way. Therefore, destigmatization means giving mental health the importance it deserves while recognizing the disorders associated with it from another point of view¹.


Some of the benefits of destigmatizing mental health are:


- More people will seek help when they need it. According to the World Health Organization, around 1 in 4 people worldwide will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives³. However, many of them do not receive adequate treatment due to fear of judgment, discrimination, or rejection. By destigmatizing mental health care, we can encourage more people to access the services and resources that can help them cope and recover⁴. For example, only 16.5% of individuals with depression worldwide seek help, and stigma around mental health is one of the primary reasons⁶.

- More people will support each other. Stigma can isolate and alienate people who have mental health problems, making them feel alone and hopeless. By destigmatizing mental health, we can create a more compassionate and inclusive society where people can openly share their experiences and offer support to others who are going through similar challenges². For example, peer support services can help people with mental illness feel less stigmatized and more empowered.



- More people will educate themselves and others. Stigma often stems from ignorance and misinformation about mental health. By destigmatizing mental health, we can increase our knowledge and understanding of the causes, symptoms, and treatments of various mental health conditions. We can also challenge the myths and stereotypes that perpetuate stigma and discrimination². For example, contrary to popular stigmatizing views, people with mental illness are more likely to be victims of crime than perpetrators.


At Positive Mindset Therapy, LCSW, PLLC, we are committed to destigmatizing mental health and providing quality care to our clients. We believe that everyone deserves respect, dignity, and compassion regardless of their mental health status. We offer a range of services to help you improve your mental health and well-being, such as individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, group therapy, and more.


If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to listen, understand, and help you find the best solutions for your situation. You are not alone. You are not weak. You are not your illness. You are a valuable and worthy human being who deserves happiness and peace.



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Sources:

(1) 30 Disheartening Statistics on Mental Health Stigma — Etactics. https://etactics.com/blog/statistics-on-mental-health-stigma.

(2) Mental Health Stigma: Examples of Everyday Discrimination. https://www.healthline.c


om/health/mental-health/mental-health-stigma-examples.

(3) Mental Health Stigma: Statistics, Causes, and Effects - BrainsWay. https://www.brainsway.com/knowledge-center/mental-health-stigmas/.

(4) Stigma: Definition, Signs, Impact, and Coping - Verywell Health. https://www.verywellhealth.com/stigma-5215412.

(5) Mental health stigma: Definition, examples, effects, and tips. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/mental-health-stigma.

(6) The Many Impacts of Self-Stigma | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness. https://nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/February-2021/The-Many-Impacts-of-Self-Stigma.


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