The Stigma of Mental Health
The false beliefs of mental illness.
Stigma brings experiences and feelings of:
- misrepresentation in the media
- reluctance to seek and/or accept necessary help
Families are also affected by stigma, leading to a lack of support. For mental health professionals, stigma means that they themselves are seen as abnormal, corrupt or evil, and psychiatric treatments are often viewed with suspicion and horror.
A recent study found that
- nearly 1 in 4 of people felt depression was a sign of personal weakness and would not employ a person with depression
- around a third would not vote for a politician with depression
- 42% thought people with depression were unpredictable
- one in 5 said that if they had depression they would not tell anyone
- nearly 2 in 3 people surveyed thought people with schizophrenia were unpredictable and a quarter felt that they were dangerous