Changing the Stigma and Shame of Mental Illness
Often the worst part of a mental illness is not the illness itself but the societal shunning that results from it. Mental illness hits 20% of Americans every year, but because of shame and stigma, many never seek the help they need.
There’s no shame in mental illness. Most highly intelligent, creative people have one or another form of it. The damage is done by keeping it hidden, where it festers, warps, grows, and takes over the soul. Open up to the world. Never worry alone.
Mental illness affected my family. My dad left home when I was 4 years old. I didn’t really know why. Nobody told me what was going on. The fact is that he was in and out of mental hospitals. I didn’t know that though until I was in high school. That’s because stigma and shame so surrounded anything relating to conditions of the mind that people just didn’t talk about it. There were no “Hallmark” cards saying “Hope you get over your latest psychotic break soon.” These conditions were shrouded in shame. Unfortunately, in many instances, they still are. It’s time for us to bring that to an end. I invite you to watch my video on:
When dealing with a mental illness, it’s important to remember that you are not alone! There is a tremendous community to support and help you. Below are a few links to Mental Health Resources, depending upon your needs:
- How Can The Hallowell Centers Help?
- National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Families for Depression Awareness
- FDA Fact Stress & Depression Fact Sheet
Read my article on Beating the Odds
Click here to learn more about my Memoir: Because I Come From A Crazy Family The Making of A Psychiatrist.
If you’re experiencing depression or suffering from other mental health issues, seeing a mental health professional is the first step to recovery. The Hallowell Centers offer a variety of diagnostic and assessment tools to help evaluate and understand your specific needs. Click HERE to find a Hallowell Center near you.