Putting Stigma to Shame is a campaign aimed at reducing stigma suffered by people with mental health difficulties. We feel there is a distinct lack of understanding leading to unnecessary suffering. This gives rise to destabilisation, prolonged illness and decreased quality of life. Critically, we think it is both the job of the patient and general public to become better informed about mental health. We believe it should be all mental health patients’ ultimate aim to take full responsibility for how they feel about their illness. Only then will they be empowered enough to make independent assessments about how they feel with greater freedom from the influences of others.
Mental health patients, in particular, measure their self-esteem not only on how they see themselves but more importantly on how others respond to them. Instead of thinking ‘how can I improve my social interactions?’ mental health sufferers often get stuck in the trap of thinking ‘how can I make this person like me?’. We want to avoid any suffering that the thought of stigma may bring as we seek to be liked.
We have setup an Allies Page to bring sufferers together to share their stories and give others the opportunity to understand what mental illness is all about. The idea is that you can share what you feel comfortable and feel free to contact others who you think may be of assistance via your profile page.
Good Health and Namaste!
The Putting Stigma to Shame Team