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The Gift of Going Second

Talking about mental health can be really difficult and awkward, even though we may understand the importance of breaking the stigma. I find that my internal manifestations of mental health stigma is one of my biggest barriers to talking openly about it. I constantly find myself thinking things like: ‘I should be able to cast my burdens on Christ’; ‘I don’t want to bother other people with my problems’; There are so many people who are in worse situations than…

A United Front against Mental Health Stigma

Stigma is an overarching term which encapsulates the prejudicial attitudes and beliefs directed towards individuals with distinguishing characteristics. This prejudice is entrenched into different areas of the social fabric, including the characteristics of race, gender, wealth status or faith. Unfortunately, studies have shown that mental health stigma is widespread within society (Crisp, Gelder, Rix, Meltzer et al., 2000). The harsh reality is that mental health stigma is embedded even amongst environments which are most meaningful to our personal identities, including…