MH Stigma Awareness

“The stigma associated with mental illness harms the self-esteem of many people who have serious mental illnesses. An important consequence of reducing stigma would be to improve the self-esteem of people who have mental illnesses.” Source: ps.psychiatryonline.orgIt

It was during 2004 upon my discharge from Ward 27, of Wellington Hospital. Into Porirua Community Mental Health Services, that my mood either continued through. The Depths of depression or back into the stagnated state, of it.

In my view internal stigma is possibly caused by. A Health professional or friend or family member not thinking through, before talking sufficiently in an appropriately tactful manner. This is the ongoing state of unexpected internalised stigma.

“The stigmatizing of, and discriminating against, people with a mental health disorders is as old as humanity, but there has never before been a Zeitgeist, a moment, a social group, or the political will to focus on finding solutions, such as there is today.” Source: Understanding the Stigma of Mental illness; Theory and interventions. Author: J Arboleda.Florez, N Sartorius-2008

A comment made very shortly before I was admitted to Wellington Hospital or shortly after (by a flat mate at the time). Was: “If I’d known you would suffer from depression, I wouldn’t have lived with you”. Now it’s these kinds of external comments from people, which if anything. Only stalled my own personal ownership of my recovery journey at that particular time. Society not just nationwide, but globally needs to love all people equally. Regardless of people’s disadvantages some people may suffer from.

People can try in their own strength, and will power, even with the support of others. To own their recover, but if we are affected negatively by others attitudes. It unessacerily sets us apart from the rest of society. Lets consider alpine plants for example; they need a certain set of environmental conditions to survive. Likewise it’s the same for stigma, it needs a certain amount of negative conditions to be present within society. For the brew to exist, but if we were to say the opposite is true. The more people are made to feel comfortable disclosing, their challenges or disadvantages. Then it’s very possible stigma, may disappear! Lets hope.

Upon reflection it would appear people within nations, who are guilty of systemic stigma infliction. I can say they lack care/or altruism. We need to be having more discussions regarding how to cultivate a culture, where this doesn’t occur! I don’t believe anyone said life would be easy, for anybody growing up in any culture. But to sit around acknowledging that stigma is so strife, and blatantly not do anything to resolve it is simply corrupt in conduct.

Lets all allow a culture of recovery so strong, which burns so bright (starting from the heart). That stigma or discrimination is not experienced by anyone. That suffers from a mental illness or disadvantaged by their health condition.

Employment Stigma

In 2005 while working as a Caregiver in a rest home. Located in
Paparangi, Wellington NZ. Subsequently as a result of me putting the brakes, on a mans walking frame. Who was mute, a complaint was made o& this action of mine to management.

As a result of the employers complaint process conditions. For me to remain employed, was to attend temporary counseling. So despite my union at the time disputing this tactic, the employer persisted that some form of resolution be made in their representation of their clients family member. Thus I had to attend to it.




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