If we want to break down discrimination and stigma surrounding mental illnesses we need to start talking about mental health. Everyone knows a little about mental health issues but knowing the facts about mental illness can help you to educate others and reject stigmatizing stereotypes.
Mental illness is not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Understanding mental health isn’t only about being able to identify symptoms and having a name for these conditions but dispelling many false ideas about mental health conditions as well. Mental illnesses are common and treatable, and help is available.
10 Facts about Mental Illness:
To change these statistics our community must promote acceptance and actively challenge social stereotypes. It is only through powerful words and actions that we will shift the social barriers for those living with mental illness by encouraging acceptance and understanding.
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