- Educate Yourself
Mental health is everybody’s concern and we all need to know how to separate the myths from the facts. There are many resources available to help you become more aware of the realities of mental health including books, websites, videos, and journals. The heretohelp.bc.ca website is a great place to start for accurate information.
- Educate Others
Once you have educated yourself and freed yourself from any outdated beliefs about mental health that you may have been carrying around with you, take the opportunity to share your knowledge. You can do this by passing on accurate information and by challenging ideas that present myths and stereotypes. If you see or hear people misrepresenting mental health issues, you can gently change the conversation and invite people to re-examine their assumptions.
- Stop Labeling
When we label people, we are saying that one characteristic or illness defines their whole self. By defining someone in this way, we miss out on learning about who that person really is as unique individual. Instead of painting everyone who has experienced a mental health issue with the same brush, take the time to see people in all of their beautiful diversity. Labels can hurt and dehumanize so it is important that we choose our words carefully when speaking about mental health.
- Talk About It
If you have a mental health issue, talk about it and seek help and support -you do not need to go through it alone. Although it can be scary to admit that you are feeling this way, remember that it is not your fault and that many, many of your fellow human beings have been there. Talking about mental health and bringing it out it into the open is essential to reducing the fear of embarrassment and shame that deters so many from seeking help.
If you’d like to participate in the MDABC’s new anti-stigma video project, please see the article below…