Stigma and discrimination
Stigma and Discrimination
We all have mental health.
Mental ill-health doesn't discriminate. It can happen to anyone.
Mental health is everyone’s business and we all have times when we feel down or stressed. Often these feelings pass, but sometimes they can develop into a more serious problem.
Everyone's experiences of mental health are different and it doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life.
There’s still stigma and discrimination attached to mental health problems.
That's why See Me is passionate about tackling the prejudice, ignorance, and misguided stereotyping about mental illness. Stigma and discrimination can make people who are mentally unwell feel worse. It can stop them asking for help and ultimately could be the difference between life and death.
Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and to receive fair treatment if they are ill or distressed. A broken leg takes time and medical support to heal. A broken mind is no different. And although it will not go away overnight, with the right support, we know that two thirds of people diagnosed with mental ill health go on to make a full recovery.
Find out more about how stigma relating to individual mental health conditions can affect people and where to get further information.