Resources to Support Your Mental Well-Being
Mental Health Awareness
Mental illnesses are conditions which involve changes in thinking, behaviors, and emotions, which often cause distress in various areas of life. Examples can include anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance use disorders, and eating disorders.
According to the CDC, more than 50% of people in the United States are diagnosed with a mental health disorder during their lifetime, and 20% of people will experience a mental illness in a given year.
In general, the term “mental illness” carries stigma, which can lead to lower self-esteem, feed into stereotypes and prejudicial behaviors, and decrease willingness to seek treatment.
Stigma is the negative attitude attached to an individual’s characteristic that may be regarded as a deficiency, which may lead to discrimination and exclusion of an individual. Diseases and health conditions don’t stigmatize people; people stigmatize people. When we perceive stigma, the primary emotion is shame.
Allies Reduce Stigma
Culture can have a huge impact on reducing mental health stigma and we can all take specific actions every day to act as allies and reduce the stigma associated with mental health challenges.