“End the stigma of mental illness ” is a phrase we hear again and again. But what does that mean, exactly, and how does this “stigma” affect those who experience it? The word "stigma" technically means "a mark of shame," and in the context of mental illness advocacy, we mean the unfair mark of shame others assign to us when it’s revealed we live with different mental health conditions. It can also be shame we assign to ourselves when we feel like there’s something wrong with how our brains...


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