65% of Dallas County residents cite “stigma” or “embarrassment” as the primary barrier to getting help for mental health challenges. Learn about Stigma.
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Understanding Stigma


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.

Warning signs

Feeling that you cannot seek help because of how you’ll be treated or perceived.
Self-stigma or feelings of weakness and not being “strong” or “tough” enough if you need help.

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.

It’s time to end the stigma around mental health in Dallas County.

Welcome. Visiting this site is a great first step in finding mental health resources for you or for someone important to you. It takes courage and caring to learn more about how to begin healing. The links here offer more detail about the most common mental health challenges, great ways you can help yourself from home and a wealth of resources that connect you to professionals and community that can be a part of your healing. Start your journey to wellness.
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