Stigma

Stigma
The negative stereotyping or stigma associated with mental illness is significant. I have touched upon this subject in several places and it deserves mention again here. There are many anti-stigma campaigns running every year and hopefully, these are beginning to have a positive effect. My daughter feels the impact of stigma much more than I do because I can correct people's perception if I encounter stigma. For my daughter, it is still such a blow to her self-esteem, that she does not always have the confidence to overcome it. She does a lot of public speaking and tries to enlighten people how damaging the stigma can be.

Respect

Respect
Respect is having due regard for someone or something. This can mean having a true regard for a person's feelings, wishes or rights. It is valid for everyone regardless of ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or any other unique status. It also applies to people with a mental illness and they deserve to be respected just like everyone else. I have put this here because I have witnessed many occasions where people with a mental illness have not been shown respect in the community. I am not surprised by this considering stigma and some public attitudes about mental illness, but it is sad to see