stigma produces shame, blame, stress, embarrassment, and loneliness
Stigma cripples more than physical injury.
Stigma fosters low self-esteem.
Stigma prevents consumers from reaching their fullest potential.
Stigma prevents consumers from getting diagnosed and treated.
Stigma prevents consumers from getting medication.
Stigma can be reduced or eliminated by education, understanding and respect
mental illness is a disorder of the brain much like diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas
mental illness can affect people of any age, race, religion or income
mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing
mental illnesses are treatable by medication; supportive counseling, self help groups, housing, vocational rehabilitation, income assistance and other community services also provide support and stability, enabling the consumer to focus on recovery
many famous people have suffered severe mental illness while they have made great contributions to society: President Lincoln, Winston Churchill and Vincent Van Gogh are a few examples.
We thank NAMI-OC for this valuable information.
StigmaHurts is part of the Mental Health Awareness Committee of Ocean County, NJ All comments and questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org