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MENTAL HEALTH STIGMA

3 ways it's hurting us all.

 

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Each time I walk a new class of college students through the history of mental illness, the shock and revulsion are palpable.

We review, horrified together, the successive chapters of our civilization’s attempts to rid itself of mental illness through exorcism, torture, surgical intervention, and neglect.

We revisit the cyclical periods of mass quarantine, institutionalization, and criminalization that make up our collective history.

It’s shocking.

It’s shameful.

And it creates an almost irresistible impulse to look around and point to the evidence of how far we’ve come.

It’s an understandable impulse, but I urge my students to resist it.

Because as far as we’ve come as a civilization, our approach to mental illness is still decidedly uncivilized; our treatment of many of our fellow humans still heartbreakingly inhumane.

What was once overt hostility and blatant stigma has now receded to the shadows of our collective narrative. But the stigma is still there.

These days, we can find it woven into the jokes we tell or passively dismiss as harmless. Or in the language we use without even thinking about it. Those of us in the mental health field often see it in the chuckle of a stranger who, shortly after inquiring, “What do you do?” follows the response with a mock-nervous, “Ooh, don’t analyze me! I swear I’m not nuts!” (Nuts? Who knows. Predictable? Most definitely.)

The stigma surrounding mental illness is real and it is well-documented. Even after all this time.

This is a serious problem for all of us. Here are 3 reasons why…

 

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HI!  I’M MICHAELA. 

I help women love + care for their bodies, through simple daily practices that anyone can learn. After spending over a decade studying, researching, and teaching body image + mental health principles, I started Wild & Precious to empower women to make the most of their lives by making real and lasting peace with themselves. I share practical guidance so you and your family can free up time + energy for the people + things you’re most passionate about… and actually have fun along the way.

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