Here Are 5 Ways To Reduce The Stigma Of Mental Illness

Let's change the conversation.

Mental illness is extremely common, as about 1 in 4 people around the world will be diagnosed with a disorder in their lifetimes. 

Despite this prevalence, there is still a deep stigma that surrounds mental illness, with those affected being described as "weak," "crazy," or regarded as less than a complete person.

The biggest reason this reputation exists is because those who don't know what it's like to live with this illness often don't understand why someone can't merely choose not to feel depressed or anxious. 

Just as someone can't simply choose not to have cancer, a person can't simply decide to "cheer up" and not have mental illness.

The stigma against mental illness does more than hurt the feelings of those it is directed at; it can prevent people from seeking the treatment they need in order to live their best lives, causing them to suffer needlessly.

Because the stigma can be eliminated. Many people, including prominent celebrities, are speaking out about their personal struggles in order to show the world that mental illness doesn't always look like what someone might think.

AsapTHOUGHT's most recent video explains five ways that anyone—even those who don't have mental illness—can help make a difference in ending the sense of shame that so many people feel because of their diagnosis.

Check out how to erase the stigma:

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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