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Discussing Mental Health Stigma With Children Is Important

Discussing Mental Health Stigma With Children Is Important

More and more, people push for discussing mental health with children and to include education on mental health, mental wellness, and mental illness in the classroom and outside of it (Where is Mental Illness Education?). I wholeheartedly agree with this idea because it has the potential help children recognize mental health trouble in themselves and in others, and to know there is something that can be done if they’re struggling. Another big reason for the push is the aim to reduce stigma, but I can’t think of an instance in which it was said there should be lessons about stigma, too. Discussing mental health stigma is just as important as talking about mental illness.

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Mental Health Stigma at School: Is Your Child Being Bullied?

Mental Health Stigma at School: Is Your Child Being Bullied?

Mental health stigma at school from peers can lead to bullying. Bullying can be an extremely difficult and traumatizing problem for children, especially those with mental health issues. Mental health stigma at school or even in the workplace often causes others to judge those who are suffering from a mental health issue. Further, during a child’s critical formative years, stigma and bullying can affect the child for years to come. This is not even to mention that when a child is being bullied and has a mental health problem, other problems than their original diagnosis could come up. These could be anything from social anxiety problems to depression. It is also important to note that bullying doesn’t always stop at school, it can go on into a person’s adult years.

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Mental Health Stigma Can Affect Schooling or Career Training

Mental Health Stigma Can Affect Schooling or Career Training

Some people don’t realize it, but mental health stigma can affect those in school or career training. This stigma, which affects people with mental health issues from elementary to post-secondary training, not only hurts the person involved when it happens, it can create barriers that keep the person from finding the right job, making a living, and having what he or she deserves–a full and productive life. Mental health stigma is almost always unfounded; for example, when people think of schizophrenia as having links to violent crime, and it is also extremely unfair to the person who is being stigmatised in the classroom. Don’t let mental health stigma stop your career training or schooling.

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‘Is It Just Me?’ Teens Transforming Stigma

‘Is It Just Me?’ Teens Transforming Stigma

Tomorrow morning, I get the wonderful opportunity to address the future directly.

I will be a part of The Royal’s anti-stigma project titled ‘Is It Just Me? Conversations in Mental Health’ that addresses hundreds of high school students on the topic of mental illness.

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Mental Health in the Classroom

Mental Health in the Classroom

Of course, we all want teachers to know how to explain basic math, geography and English skills to our children. But wouldn’t it be wonderful if they could also offer up some wisdom on what common psychiatric disorders consist of, and how kids can better educate themselves on how to deal with them? Both in themselves and in their classmates?

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