What’s wrong with him?
Why does she keep doing that?
She’s so anti-social!
Who would hang out with them?
He doesn’t contribute anything!
Stigma. Judgement. Labels.
Social Stigma is a disapproval of, or discontent with, a person on the
grounds of characteristics that distinguish them from other members of a
society. Stigma may attach to a person who differs from social or
When it comes to mental health, stigma abounds.
don’t usually follow the dictates of my cellphone provider too closely
(!!!), but today is Bell’s Let’s Talk initiative aimed to raise
awareness and create discussion on mental health (along with a bunch of
money - $4 Million last year). No one is removed from the influence of
mental health, be it personal experiences or that of the people in our
lives. Yet we maintain these social stigmas, despite how challenges of
mental health affect all of us. Such stigma ends up pushing people away.
Isolation, not solidarity, is the lot for many.
such as Bell’s Let’s Talk bring an important topic to our social
conscience. Absolutely, let’s talk about mental illness. But more
important, let’s talk and build
relationships with everyone around us. These movements are as much about mental health as they are about building solidarity. Hopefully days like this are
only the beginning - awareness leading to connection, acceptance, and
the knowledge that indeed we are all loved.