Stigma is the fear of being labeled, judged, marginalized, or discriminated against. In multiple studies, stigma has been shown to be the No. 1 barrier to seeking mental health treatment.
How It Displays
There’s a huge stigma around seeking mental health care. If you’re a guy, you’re often told to “man up” or “take it like a man.” Emotions aren’t supposed to matter. If you’re a woman and you share feelings, you might worry that you’ll be seen as overly emotional, weak compared to peers, or unable to deal with workplace stress or the daily stresses of life.
In the last five years, we’ve gotten better societally at understanding the perils of mental health problems — and how widespread they are — but many people still don’t understand. There is still a[huge stigma.
What To Do Now
We want you to know that we understand and want to direct you to the proper resources and most importantly, there’s no judgment here.We’re here for you. Go to FindHelp.org now, or call 988.