If you have a mental illness, you can sometimes be discriminated against, stereotyped, isolated or made to feel different, setting you apart from others. This is known as mental illness stigma.
Not only may others think this way about you, this may also lead you to have negative thoughts about yourself because you have a mental illness.
To help in reducing mental illness stigma, it’s important to understand what someone with mental illness may be going through.
It's important to know that people with mental illness have the same rights as everybody else.
When negative stereotypes come up in conversation or in the media, you can actively dispel myths and educate people against harmful, inaccurate stereotyping.
Be mindful about the words you use too when describing yourself and others, avoiding insensitive and hurtful words, such as 'nutter', 'loopy', 'crazy' and 'psycho'.
There are also organisations that can help you with dealing with mental illness stigma.
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Last reviewed: September 2017