Stigma and discrimination

Stigma and discrimination

Mental ill-health doesn’t discriminate. It can happen to anyone. 

  • We know that 1 in 4 people are likely to experience a mental health problem in any one year. 
  • We know that 9 out of 10 people who experience mental health problems have experienced stigma and discrimination through work, education, by health professionals or from family members. 
  • People often say the reactions and behaviours of others towards them after disclosing the nature of their illness can be more damaging than the diagnosis itself. 

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. 

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