Addictions and mental health expert explained that the stigma associated with mental illnesses would take a while until it disappears entirely even though it is getting lower.
What does the expert say about the mental illnesses stereotypes?
A clinical psychologist with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Dr. Katy Kamkar, has said that in the last decade there has not been such a strong stigma anymore regarding mental illnesses as it has become normal to talk about this nowadays and it is easier for people to conversate about this topic.
As it is easier to communicate about this easy, people feel more confident to seek support and help for dealing with their problems, but, as stigma is not entirely done, some still keep hiding in the shadows of their sufferance.
Where is that mental illnesses stigma coming from?
According to Dr. Kamkar, it has is origins everywhere. The stigma refers to what opinion other people have regarding a specific subject; in this case, how people suffering from mental illnesses are seen in society. In addition to that, the most severe form of stigma is the self one that can be damaging, according to a statement for NEWS 1130.
Based on what Kamkar said, labeling yourself and talking yourself negatively can come from this. Such stigma can even be found at the workplace of a person who is suffering especially an organization that does not do anything about that.
Everyone should be educated on this topic as Dr. Kamkar says, while the week of CMHA Mental Health is approaching. “It’s about building our own awareness so that, of course, when we recognize the signs and symptoms within ourselves that we seek help and support,“ he said. Moreover, it is essential that we deduce when someone is suffering and accept them as they are in that case. Otherwise, we can’t help people with mental illnesses.