For my mental health blog party post, the topic encompasses the following 3 important questions:
1. How can you help people recognize the importance of good mental health?
2. How to overcome stigma?
3. Where to seek out professional mental health services when needed
How can you help people recognize the importance of good mental health? I believe if we speak out about our personal experience and are willing to put a face and a name to mental health, people will look at it as real and not something “your friend’s mother gets” – to quote Joey Pants.
How to overcome stigma? I hate the use of the word stigma, it is stigmatizing all on its own, but it is a familiar term for people when they’re talking about mental illness. However, I like the way actor Joe Pantoliano describes mental illness: a “brain dis-ease.” I think he is on the right track. Changing something as simple as a term for “mental illness” is a huge project and I think, without a doubt, it will lead to overcoming the “stigma” of mental illness.