LET’S OPEN OUR MINDS AND HEARTS AND HELP REDUCE STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION NOW


 

LET’S OPEN OUR MINDS.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada defines stigma and discrimination as:

  • Stigma is a mark of disgrace, of discredit that sets a person apart from others.
  • It involves negative stereotypes and prejudice.
  • Stigma results from fear and mistrust of differences.
  • Stigma leads to social exclusion and discrimination.
  • DIISCRIMINATION, which is unfair treatment of a person or group based on prejudice, affects people in many areas including employment, housing, healthcare policy and funding neglect, coercive treatment, and denial of basic human rights. 
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  • Social stigma and self-stigma (when a person suffering from a mental illness believes that the negative public perceptions) are major barriers to proper diagnosis and treatment. The feelings of guilt and shame that arise from the stigma of mental illness often prevent people from seeking help, which can lead to increased isolation and deterioration of their mental well-being.
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  • Mental illness affects people of all race, gender, age and occupations. It can affect you, your loved one, family, friends or neighbors.

           LET’S OPEN OUR MINDS AND HEARTS AND HELP REDUCE THE STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION NOW.

 Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.’  The Dalai Lama.

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About Jill

Author of books and articles on support and experiences of living with a mentally ill family member. My aim in blogging is to let others see how a loving family, with a father and husband who is able to give unconditional love, can help the family cope. Many call me the blogging grandma.'

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