What is Stigma and How Does it Affect Mental Health?

by Malinda Myers

“No one would ever say that someone with a broken arm or a broken leg is less than a whole person, but people say that or imply that all the time about people with mental illness.” Elyn R. Saks

Stigma about mental illness is a major issue in our culture. People frequently go untreated due to the fear and judgement concerning receiving help for mental health issues, with devastating consequences ranging from suicide and violence to poor quality of life and chronic health problems. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that greater than 46% of people will struggle with depression at least one time in their life and some statistics report that only half the people with depression will ever receive treatment. Mental health issues such as chronic anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder are also extremely prevalent in our society and also alarmingly underdiagnosed and undertreated.

JFS is passionate about helping to reduce the stigma of mental illness and making mental health treatment as accessible as possible. Whether it’s a chronic issue, unprocessed trauma or a life transition, we are here to support you with compassion, understanding, and respect. Please click here to see the mental health services JFS can offer and learn more about the MyndWorks Counseling program.

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