Mental Health and Stigma

I once had neighbors who were fascinated by my being a psychologist.Question after question would be asked about my field.I later learned that they were in couples therapy but didn’t want anyone to know.So why the secret? Why stigma?

People want to separate themselves from those who “need therapy”. But why? And how can we get to talk about “we” and not “them?

Research published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior[Vol 41. No 2] finds that 68% of Americans do not want someone with a mental illness marrying into their family and 58% do not want people with mental illness in their workplace.

We have work to do.

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