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Celebrities’ Mental Health Stories Can be Sources of Hope

Celebrities’ Mental Health Stories Can be Sources of Hope

Celebrities' mental health stories play an important role in conversations about mental illness and mental health stigma. Learn what makes celebrities' mental health stories so important at HealthyPlace.

Celebrities’ mental health stories help us see that anyone can have mental illness: this statement is not something that I can stress enough. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, how much happiness there is in your life, or if you have a “reason” for being sick — sometimes you’re just sick, and that’s the long and the short of it. Celebrities’ mental health stories go a long way toward showing that we’re all susceptible to mental illness.

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The Unexpected Effect of Exercise on My Mental Health

The Unexpected Effect of Exercise on My Mental Health

The effect of exercise on mental health is often praised as a curative for mental illness. While exercise might not be a cure, it has benefits for some people. At HealthyPlace, discover what the effect of exercise on mental health can be, and how to combat the stigma that it's a mental health cure.

The effect of exercise on mental health and mental illness isn’t what most people think. One of the go-to remedies for those who don’t understand mental illness is to suggest those who have a mental illness exercise as if it’s a cure. It’s often used in the argument that pharmaceuticals are bad by saying regular exercise is the only real cure. While being active can have a positive effect on some people, it’s still not a cure for mental illnesses. Because of that, the suggestion of exercise to fix them is very much a notion of stigma because of its oversimplification and misunderstanding of mental illness.

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The Myth that Mental Strength Alleviates Mental Illness

The Myth that Mental Strength Alleviates Mental Illness

Mental strength is not a factor in alleviating mental illness or its symptoms. 'Staying strong' doesn't help. Learn why encouraging words sometimes hurt at HealthyPlace, and discover what to say when you're at a loss for words. Read this before you say the wrong thing.

The idea of mental strength often plays into mental health stigma. Out of the many ways we endeavor to encourage people through tough periods of mental illness, encouragement to use mental strength is pointless. Many of these ways are phrases or words meant with the best intentions, but they can also be potentially harmful — or at least I’ve seen the harmful effects they’ve had. Of the number of platitudes people say, one I get stuck on is “stay strong.”

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Can We Destigmatize Mental Illness by Not Saying ‘Stigma?’

Can We Destigmatize Mental Illness by Not Saying ‘Stigma?’

Can you destigmatize mental illness by refusing to say the word 'stigma'? If only it were that easy. Visit Healthyplace to learn why destigmatizing mental illness means we have to call stigma 'stigma' and face it head on.

Is it possible to destigmatize mental illness by refusing to use the word “stigma?” If you’re having a discussion about mental illness, it’s almost inevitable someone will mention stigma. When talking mental health, stigma refers to the misinformed perceptions and ideas about mental illness and those with it. It’s a big component in why people feel ashamed to have a mental illness and suffer in silence instead of seeking mental health treatment and understanding that mental illness is just an illness. Since there is still widespread misinformation, it’s not surprising the word “stigma” comes up often. What is surprising, however, is that there are those who say stigma does not exist, we should stop using the word “stigma,” and I’ve even seen the claim that it’s offensive. Can we destigmatize mental illness by not using the word “stigma?”

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Are Current Mental Health Awareness Efforts Reducing Stigma?

Are Current Mental Health Awareness Efforts Reducing Stigma?

Mental health awareness efforts may not be affecting change as we'd hoped. Learn why current mental health awareness efforts might not be enough. Read this.

I’ve begun to wonder if current mental health awareness efforts are enough to fight stigma. The word “awareness” in relation to mental illness has a strange effect on me these days. On the one hand, I think awareness is great for helping people better understand the realities of mental illness and the people who live with it. On the other, I feel the word itself feels tired, overused, and almost ineffective as it seems to appear in many places, but somehow manages to lack the impact it could have. I’m not sure if mental health awareness efforts are enough.

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How to Stop Dehumanizing People with Addiction

How to Stop Dehumanizing People with Addiction

Dehumanizing people with addiction is commonplace and creates treatment barriers. Learn what dehumanizing people with addiction means and how to stop it.

Dehumanizing people with addiction is something many people do without thinking about it. For example, when someone says “addict,” there are probably a few images that readily come to mind and descriptors to go along with those images — crackhead, drunkard, nasty, degenerate, the list goes on. This is the stigma of mental illness at play as preconceived notions and dated ideas of what it means to have an addiction take over our perception. When we let that happen, we’re dehumanizing people with addiction. This happens with all kinds of addiction, too.

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Stop Using Mental Illnesses as Insults

Stop Using Mental Illnesses as Insults

Using mental illnesses as insults is unfair to that person and to those with mental illness. Find out why we must stop using mental illnesses as insults now.

Using mental illnesses as insults is invalidating and harmful. These days, it’s hard to go far without coming across the topic of mental health and mental illness. Considering it’s still such a taboo subject that people shy away from, this seems like something we should be rejoicing over as advocates and activists — and I would, but for the fact that it’s still being spoken of in negative, stigmatizing words. Although people are mentioning mental illness seemingly more and more, all it’s doing it adding to the already existing stigma since mental illness is being used to insult people.

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How We Ask About a Person’s Mental Illness Matters

How We Ask About a Person’s Mental Illness Matters

How you ask about a person's mental illness matters to them. Your words can raise awareness and reduce stigma and self-stigma around mental illness. Learn more.

How we ask about a person’s mental illness matters because language can stigmatize mental illness. At the core of stigmatizing mental health conversations, is the idea that mental illnesses are not real, legitimate illnesses. It’s one of the basics when talking about mental illness, and to some degree, it seems like we should be well past this statement by now. But we’re not. It’s not just naysayers of mental illness that make the mistake, either; in some cases, even those who have mental illness or know someone who does still don’t know what to say to someone with a mental illness. They seem to want to think of mental illness as something other than a sickness and end up contributing to stigma in the questions they ask about a person’s mental illness.

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Normal Mental Health: How Does Chasing It Create Stigma?

Normal Mental Health: How Does Chasing It Create Stigma?

Normal mental health is a myth, and chasing it feeds into mental health stigma. Find out what normal mental health is and isn't and why no one has found it yet.

The idea of “normal” mental health affects me as someone who struggles with mental illness. I often fall prey to the idea that mental health is something I can only achieve by becoming more like “normal” people. In an age of health coaches and self-help gurus, it can be easy to believe that the ability to conform to a more widely accepted lifestyle is the answer to all mental health problems. Unfortunately, rather than offering a solution, the myth of normal mental health creates more stigma around mental illness.

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You Can’t Diagnose an Eating Disorder by Looking at Someone

You Can’t Diagnose an Eating Disorder by Looking at Someone

Do you think you can diagnose an eating disorder by looking at someone? Learn why body size can't diagnose eating disorders and why that stigma is dangerous.

No one can diagnose an eating disorder by looking at someone’s body type; yet, when we think about eating disorders, there are probably two images that pop into our minds: Someone who’s painfully thin and another person who’s largely overweight. The problem with that kind of thinking is instead of seeing eating disorders as mental illnesses, we see them as body types. As harmless as it may seem, if you try to diagnose an eating disorder by body type, it is a form of mental health stigma.

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