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Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness

When someone sees you in a negative way because of who you are, or how you look or act, it’s called stigma.

Although a large number of people have reported symptoms of anxiety or depression disorder during the COVID-19 public health emergency, negative attitudes about mental health conditions remain common.

How stigma hurts

The harmful effects of stigmatizing someone with a mental health condition can include:

  • Lack of understanding and support from family, friends or coworkers
  • Fewer opportunities for work, school or social activities or trouble finding housing
  • Bullying, physical violence or harassment
  • Believing that personal success is out of reach

Mental illnesses are treatable

Mental illnesses and substance use disorders — just like high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes — are treatable health issues.

Stigma linked to mental health and addiction often keeps people from seeking the help they need — yet for those who do, recovery is possible. To reduce mental illness-related stigma, we need to feel comfortable having conversations about it. If someone you know is coping with a mental health condition, support and understanding can go a long way.

Confidential help is available 24/7

If you are feeling stressed, nervous or anxious, you are not alone. Call Horizon Behavioral Health or visit Behavioral Health Programs to find a health care professional and program that’s right for you. We’ll connect you to services and programs to help you and your family handle day-to-day issues or cope with more serious difficulties.

Do you need help now?

Asking for help can be challenging, but you are not alone.

Call 1-800-626-2212, 24/7.