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Tips for Coping with Mental Illness Stigma at School

Tips for Coping with Mental Illness Stigma at School

Coping with mental illness stigma at school may not be comfortable, but you must do it. Read for some tips on how to deal with mental illness stigma at school.

Mental illness stigma in school is a reality. Depending on where you live, school may already be back in session after the summer break or you could be waiting for that first day back to school in early September. Whatever the case, back-to-school can be a tough time for kids with mental illness whether it’s personal challenges of getting through the day or the challenge of dealing with peers. Even if your child really enjoys academics, back-to-school might cause distress. I know it did for me, so I want to offer a few tips for dealing with mental illness stigma in school since that’s what I was often most worried about.

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Help Children Cope with Mental Health Stigma with These Tips

Help Children Cope with Mental Health Stigma with These Tips

You can help your child cope with mental health stigma with these ideas: a mental health toolbox, support, and validating their feelings. Learn more here.

As I said in the first two parts of this series, parents and guardians want to help their children through their struggles, and that includes knowing how to help children cope with mental health stigma. In the previous installments, I discussed how you can make sure you’re not inadvertently stigmatizing your child and then how to talk with your child about mental illness stigma. There are plenty more things that parents can do to help their children facing mental illness stigma but to conclude I want to touch on a few more things that can be done right now.

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Talking to Children About Mental Illness Stigma Is Important

Talking to Children About Mental Illness Stigma Is Important

When you help children understand mental illness stigma, then you've done a good thing for their recovery. Find out why we need to talk about stigma with kids.

In the first part of this three-part blog, I wrote about what stigma can look like for children and how it affects them, as well as your first step as a parent or guardian to a child in this situation, which is to make sure you are not inadvertently stigmatizing your child. In this part, let’s take a look at ways you can help your child or children understand the mental illness, stigma, and self-stigma.

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Help Your Child Cope With Mental Health Stigma

Help Your Child Cope With Mental Health Stigma

You can help your child cope with mental health stigma. Read how mental health stigma affects your child and how you might make mistakes in dealing with stigma.

When I was a child dealing with mental health stigma, I didn’t really know what it was that set me apart. As a young adult, I have a better perspective on the mental health stigma your child faces. Although I’m not a parent or guardian of a child facing mental health stigma, I have a clear memory of how stigma affected me as a child. Plus, I’ve seen what my parents have gone through as I lived with mental illness at a young age. I also read posts and hear from parents and guardians who have children that suffer or live with mental health problems and it’s heartbreaking to witness as they grapple with trying to help their child and feeling powerless to do so. So when I can, I try to help. I hope some of the tips that follow are ones you find helpful as you navigate your child’s mental illness and the potential mental health stigma your child can face.

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What If Mental Illness Stigma Never Goes Away?

What If Mental Illness Stigma Never Goes Away?

If mental illness stigma will never go away, should we stop advocating against mental illness stigma now? That doesn't really make sense. Does it? Read this.

Playing the what-if game isn’t always the greatest of ideas, especially for those of us with mental illnesses that cause us to get stuck in the what-if mindset. But humor me for a second (or rather this post) because while playing the what-if game can be detrimental, I think there is some good to it sometimes and in this case, I think it’s one of those times. What if mental illness stigma never goes away? What then?

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Keeping a Journal Can Help You Fight Mental Health Stigma

Keeping a Journal Can Help You Fight Mental Health Stigma

mental health stigma can be diminished in your life by keeping a journal of your thoughts and emotions

Keeping a journal is a powerful way to make yourself feel better and fight mental health stigma. Most Psychiatrists and counselors will agree that there are many reasons why you should keep a journal. One of them is that keeping a journal allows you a safe place where mental health stigma doesn’t exist and can’t harm you (23 Journal Prompts to Improve Self-Esteem).

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Never Let Mental Health Stigma Stop You from Achieving Goals

Never Let Mental Health Stigma Stop You from Achieving Goals

Do you sometimes want to give up on achieving your goals? Mental health stigma can create barriers to employment or housing, but don't stop reaching your goals.

It is extremely important to your recovery from a mental illness that you not let mental health stigma stop you from achieving your goals. Inside of you are the abilities and passions that can make you happy if you pursue your goals and not allow mental health stigma to stop you from doing what you want most.

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When to Reveal Mental Illness to a New Friend

When to Reveal Mental Illness to a New Friend

Knowing when to reveal your mental illness to a new friend can cause a lot of anxiety. Learn about when to reveal a mental illness to a friend here.

It is often difficult to know when to tell new friends about our mental illness, or even one that a family member suffers due to mental health stigma. Many people who face stigma are judged by others, especially when making new friends, but it can still be important to be honest about your mental illness and reveal it as soon as you are comfortable.

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Stop Comparing Yourself to Others to Stop Mental Health Stigma

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others to Stop Mental Health Stigma

Stop comparing yourself to others, because when you do, you are letting mental health stigma affect your self-esteem. The only person who it is fair to compare yourself to is you. Are you doing better today than you were yesterday? Have you improved in different ways from a year ago? Mental health stigma can make us compare ourselves to others who don’t have a mental illness or peers who haven’t been through the same things that we have (How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others). 

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How to Stop Ruminating on Memories of Mental Health Stigma

How to Stop Ruminating on Memories of Mental Health Stigma

If ruminating on memories of mental health stigma and discrimination haunt you, there are ways for you to stop ruminating. Taking back control when you remember events where you were stigmatized, can be as simple as taking a breath. Here are some techniques to help you stop ruminating on mental health stigma memories of when you were ill. 

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