Dealing With Stigma:
The L.A. College Consortium has worked hard to fight inaccurate and hurtful representations of mental health issues. All of the Project’s training materials embrace the goal of breaking down the barriers of ignorance, prejudice, or unfair discrimination by promoting education, understanding, and respect.
It is clear that stigma and discrimination continue to negatively impact the lives of people with mental health challenges. Stigma causes needless suffering, potentially causing students to ignore symptoms, withdraw and isolate themselves, avoid treatment and refrain from full participation on the campus. Education, advocacy and understanding are critical if we are to change the way in which mental health issues are perceived and the way in which students with mental health challenges are treated.
Mental Health: A Report from the Surgeon General:
“Stigmatization of people with mental disorders has persisted throughout history. It is manifested by bias, distrust, stereotyping, fear, embarrassment, anger, and/or avoidance… It reduces patients’ access to resources and opportunities (e.g., housing, jobs) and leads to low self-esteem, isolation, and hopelessness. It deters the public from seeking, and wanting to pay for, care. In its most overt and egregious form, stigma results in outright discrimination and abuse. More tragically, it deprives people of their dignity and interferes with their full participation in society.”
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Stronger Than Stigma
Glenn Close & Brandon Marshall
Stigma is world wide
it can affect anyone
and starts to young!
There is a critical need to understand how pervasive mental health challenges are and how treatable they are. The Surgeon General’s Office states that, “Mental and emotional health is just as important to our overall well-being as our physical health. Mental illness is responsible for more disability than any other group of illnesses. Positive mental and emotional well-being allows people to realize their full potential, cope with the stresses of life, work productively, and make meaningful contributions to their communities.”Read More...