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  • Nicole Ekiss, LCSW

Say No to Stigma

1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year, but accessing care can be challenging. For many, fear of stigma prevents them from accessing the care they need. We generally feel very comfortable discussing our physical health openly, but when it comes to our mental health, we worry about how we will be perceived. Negative stigma has developed from the spread of inaccurate information regarding mental illness. There are many myths surrounding mental health that have become common place. Some examples are:

  • Having a mental illness means you are "crazy"

  • People with mental illness are violent and dangerous

  • Psychiatric medications are bad

  • You can snap out of mental health conditions

  • You can't recover from mental illness

The only way to combat negative stigma is put accurate information out there and start talking openly about our mental health. I had the opportunity to interview Professor Mary E. Garrison, LCSW, ACSW from Millikin University and I hope the video of the interview will help to dispel any inaccurate beliefs or concerns you may have regarding mental health and leave you feeling more confident in discussing mental health related topics with others. Enjoy!

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