The mental health stigma is when someone, or even yourself, views a person negatively because they have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as a feeling of shame or judgement from someone else. Stigma can even come from an internal place, confusing feeling bad with being bad.
Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough. The isolation, blame and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges. Due to the stigma, people are often less likely to reach out, and get needed support to live well.
Learning how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us, especially when you realize stigma’s effects.
From NAMI.org (National Alliance on Mental Illness)