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The Stigmata of Mental Health Stigma

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Stigma

Stigma – definition from Merriam-Webster online Dictionary

plural stig·ma·ta \stig-?mä-t?, ?stig-m?-t?\ or stig·mas
Etymology:Latin stigmat-, stigma mark, brand, from Greek, from stizein to tattoo —

1 aarchaic : a scar left by a hot iron : brand b: a mark of shame or discredit : stain <bore the stigma of cowardice> c: an identifying mark or characteristic; specifically : a specific diagnostic sign of a disease.

I think we all want to find acceptance for who we are as “unique” individuals and not labeled or stigmatized, branded in a negative light. Hey this is me – like me or not but don’t label me without even getting to know me!  How fair is that?  We are all unique but we all want the same things out of life: happiness, love, family! Who doesn’t want to be understood and treated fairly, justly and kindly by others?

No matter what – we are all fellow humans – mentally ill or not! Education plays a major role in stamping out stigma in any form. Learning or being taught to see beyond the obvious, what appears on the surface or to the eyes. Learning to see the “REAL” person – the inner person underneath it all. Looking for the good – anybody can see the bad and label, stereotype or stigmatize. It takes courage, compassion, and fellow feeling, empathy, sympathy, humility, (and a little Humor too) to accept that we are all a work in progress and all of us deal with one issue or another – none of us are exempt!

So, if we can learn to put up with one another, forgive one another, love one another, and help one another – treat our fellow humans: young, old, male, female, healthy or ill… in that manner, we can each do our part to stamp out stigma!

So, What do you think?


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The Stigmata of Mental Health Stigma


Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). info@mentalhealthhumor.com


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Stewart, C. (2011). The Stigmata of Mental Health Stigma. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 20, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2011/04/the-stigmata-of-mental-health-stigma/

 

Last updated: 15 Apr 2011
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