- January 19, 2022 at 4:41 pm #13584Tanya WilliamsParticipant
How can we better introduce ways to conquer or eliminate the stigma that has played on the mental health community? Or any community. I try to surround myself with people that understand me and what WRAP means to me. However, there are a lot of loved ones that do not understand my fight and speak negatively about me not being strong. I am looking for ways to better peer.February 10, 2022 at 5:34 pm #13832Mich leeParticipant
I feel you on that sentiment Tanya. For myself I had to open the door for family that embraced my recovery with my trauma and I divorced those who did not. This is what worked for me and I finding myself able to thrive In my process. I am committed to surround myself with quality people instead of quantity. Im also committed to educate where others may have biases with what I’m going through and hopefully people will start to get that generally mental health concerns are nothing to be ashamed of. Mental support is something everyone can embrace because it can happen to anyone, no one is exempt. We all in this together.February 28, 2022 at 4:20 pm #14009Sarah FarmerKeymaster
I think being honest and confident when letting people know you have mental health issues is incredibly helpful. The more people do this, the less stigma there is. I am totally open with people about my mental disorders and struggles with depression. I want them to know it is nothing to be ashamed of and that it is a strength to look for help. Mental Health Action Day is coming up in May (I believe the 19th) and that is a day I post about my mental health struggles on social media and invite others to be open about theirs. Seeking help is still a taboo topic in many cultures, but I find that when I am open, people later open up to me privately. If someone judges me, I don’t care much. My only concern is being able to be a supportive peer and reduce judgement. Good luck! To those speaking negatively about you, it likely shows they are not secure about themselves. That hurts, but ultimately, you are doing what is best for your wellness and happiness. Way to go!
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