What Is stigma ?So I'm going to start with the dictionary definition then I'm going to build on that with various experiences that I've had or that friends have had.
Stigma is a mark of disgrace that sets a person apart. When a person is labelled by their illness they are seen as part of a stereotyped group. Negative attitudes create prejudice which leads to negative actions and discrimination.
So when we talk about Stigma we mean stigma where mental illness is concerned and the problem is because there's a wide variety of mental illness and poor treatment and therapy to go with them. For me personally stigma takes place in the form of barriers people have and will put barriers in place if you have a mental illness , I would say 90% of the time it's because they have no clue about what the mental illness is or how it effects you so they don't want to take a risk. It is only a rare 10% of cruel people that don't believe in depression , PTSD and anxiety.
I think it's quite appropriate to talk about it right now but I don't mean to cause offence with this next paragraph I'm just trying to put things into perspective about how we look at mental health. Today was remembrance Sunday in Britain it's when we remember the soldier who gave their lives to defend our country and I didn't watch it today. I couldn't watch it today because I couldn't help but think about all the soldiers that came back with shell shock and were told there was nothing wrong with them if they were spared the firing squad that is. I'm always going to consider any soldier in the British army a hero for what they give up for our country. Shell shock brought PTSD into the limelight made it a topic , made it something to learn about and what I can say compared to back then things have improved , back then it 90% cruel 10% misunderstanding. I feel there should be a separate day for soldiers who came back with PTSD we should honour them even more because they came back from the war just to fight another war.
I can't put in a job application without thinking will my PTSD hold me back ? I know it's silly I know it's stupid but I've had people tell me there's nothing wrong with me that depression isn't real that PTSD isn't a problem. I'm always trying to be upfront with my potential employers. I'm not about to forget that those people exist and they've been quite smart to an extent so it would be unwise to assume that anyone is incapable of being that stupid. I don't say that to be mean I say that because the education isn't there to help people understand. That's how we beat the stigma we educate and me making this blog I'm here to support those of you struggling but I'm also here to help educate those who don't understand.
When I started this blog I was terrified about what people might think when I talk about my own issues. As each post went up I was less and less scared and it felt good to get my work out there and as a writing exercise this has been an amazing experience that I was in dire need of. I want more people to blog because amplifying one voice and conveying the same message it has power. I'm watching a lot of heroes reborn these days and if you ware watching it THAT IS STIGMA! That's exactly it we're the EVO's which is the cool part and there's a load of people out there that want to contain the problem but don't know how . People are afraid of what they don't understand so get a voice, get blog or a youtube channel start vlogging what ever you can do and help them understand.
Lastly don't just remember the fallen remember everyone who fell and everyone who struggled during and after the war on both sides there was death and misery no one came off the war happy be it WW1, WW2, Northern Ireland, Gulf Wars , Afghanistan and what's going on today.