One in four Americans will experience a mental disorder this year. Stigma will prevent at least half of them from seeking the treatment they need.
Stigma is a cluster of negative attitudes and beliefs that motivate the public to fear, reject, avoid and discriminate against people with mental illness. It is a barrier to treatment and prevents many people from seeking help that is available. The best way for us to overcome stigma is to raise awareness and educate.
The fact is that mental illness is a common, treatable biological brain disorder. It is not the fault of the individual or the family. It is not a sign of weakness. It is a real condition, and recovery is a reality.
Below are links to information and resources to learn more and help fight the stigma of mental illness.
*NAMI StigmaBusters is a network of dedicated advocates across the country and around the world who seek to fight inaccurate and hurtful representations of mental illness.