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Eliminating Mental Illness Stigmas

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Joanna Flores

on 17 November 2015

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Transcript of Eliminating Mental Illness Stigmas

in 2013
Eliminating Stigmas
of Mental Illness

The Attitude
What are we
What do these words make us ?
They're weak.

They're crazy.
They're lazy.

THAT's why they...
(placing blame)
What does this thinking lead to?
about mental illness?
we get a negative attitude
attached to mental illness
discourages others from getting help
The Effects
Why do we have stigmas?
We don't know much about mental illness as a society.
Unashamed conversation
Actually, the vast majority of people living with mental health conditions are no more violent than anyone else.
People with mental illness are much more likely to be the victims of crime.
Mental illness is not caused by personal weakness.
People with a mental illness will never get better.
What is it caused by?
Just as with most diseases, mental illnesses are no one's fault.
The unusual behaviors with some illnesses are symptoms of the disease — not the cause.
Like most diseases of the body...cancer? Diabetes? Flu?
genetics and other biological factors
social factors & society.
Mental illness is a sign of weakness.
It may be lifelong. (But so are some physical illnesses: like diabetes.) With proper treatment and support, life with a mental illness can be manageable.
People living with a mental illness are often violent.
When we attach stigmas and judgement to people, we discourage them.
Abraham Lincoln had clinical depression.
Stigmas make people assume ideas about others' abilities that are often untrue.
Mental illness is not a definition of character.
There's no such thing as "mentally ill people."
They are people with mental illness.
Words are powerful.
"people" first, not the diagnosis
Eliminate the phrase "suffers from mental illness".
Instead, say: "lives with mental illness"
or "is affected by mental illness"
Whom else?
If it were known to the public he had depression, would he have the confidence to grow into the leader he was?
He would have faced judgement, and distrust.
Hershal Walker (NFL running back, Heisman winner, dissociative identity disorder )
Howie Mandel - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Mel Gibson– Bipolar disorder
Michael Phelps: Olympic swimmer – ADHD
Janet Jackson - depression
Jim Carrey – depression
John Nash (Nobel Prize winner – schizophrenia)
Info on Reducing Stigma www.stopstigmasacramento.org

Local Resources
National Alliance on Mental Illness

Counseling on Sliding Payment Scale
Mike Beckner
First Baptist Church of Elk Grove (Counseling is non-religious)
(916) 685-4821 ext. 347
PGHS Counseling
If your last name begins with:
A - Cop : Mrs. Schmutte
Cor - Hs : Mr. Hirsch
Hu - M : Mr. Jasper
N - Si : Ms. Jiminez-Lundy
Sj - Z: Mrs. Grovhoug
They can't...
Eagles Seeking Peace
Conflict Mediation
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