S is for Stigma and Stereotypes

“Stereotypes do exist, but we have to walk through them.”
-Forest Whitaker

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As the quote says, stereotypes do exist. Social psychologist even write that stereotypes are normal parts of being human and being able to adapt to our world. True, but we must not walk around unaware of the consequences of the stereotypes that we hold. Many of these stereotypes can be unhealthy and harmful. Like not getting help or support for yourself or a loved one for fear of being labeled “crazy”.  Below is a thoughtful and moving five minute video on the making of a public service announcement (PSA), directed by Ron Howard, for an organization named Bring Change to Mind working to erase the stigma of mental illness.

Stigma: a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.

(source: oxforddictionaries.com)

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Go to Bring Change to Mind for more information on fighting stigma associated with mental illness and to see the completed PSA (Change A Mind About Mental Illness).

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Part of my personal effort, no matter how small or simple, to post more on psychology and/or mental health; and to raise awareness of the mind and decrease stigma of disorders and illnesses related to the mind. Additional posts in this series can be found by clicking on the badge below.

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About Claudia

Hi!! My name is Claudia. Blogging is sort of a creative/therapeutic activity for me. I blog about being a wife, mother, student, caseworker, and simply being human through photography, words, music, and blog challenges. Mental illness has also been part of my life, so you'll sometimes find mental health and psychology in my posts. I've dealt with anxiety and depression most of my life. And my husband has bipolar disorder. My hope is that I may show readers that it is possible for people to live positive, productive lives despite mental illness, challenges, or frustrations. View all posts by Claudia

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