Let’s Call Mental Health Stigma What It Really Is: Discrimination
as seen in The Huffington Post reported by Lindsay Holmes on September 27, 2016
It’s no secret that there’s a veil of shame surrounding mental illness.
Nearly one in five American adults will experience a mental health disorder in a given year. Yet only 25 percent of people with a psychological condition feel that others are understanding or compassionate about their illness, according to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
Typically, we refer to this dissonance as stigma, but we have been wrong to do so. The negative stereotypes that shame those with mental illness and prevent them from seeking help don’t just constitute stigma ― they’re discrimination. It’s a blatant, prejudicial outlook on a certain population.