Mental Health Stigma Is Discrimination

September 28, 2016 Becky Oberg

Mental health stigma is discrimination. According to the US Surgeon General, stigma is the number one barrier to treatment. This stigma can lead to people with a brain disorder being denied jobs, housing, and services. For example, I was once asked about my mental illness during a job interview and was denied the job even though I had two years of experience and excellent references. I also was discharged from the military after being diagnosed with mental illness. Stigma is really a fancy word for discrimination. Mental health stigma is nothing more than discrimination. A mental illness diagnosis can keep you from jobs, homes, and more. Find out what to do about stigma.The good news is it is possible to overcome this stigma through education. The best way to educate people about the reality of mental illness is by being open about our struggles. The more people interact with us and see we're just like everyone else, the more people will understand and the more open-minded and accepting they'll become.

People fear what they don't understand, and there is a lot of ignorance about mental illness. In this video, I talk about how mental health stigma is discrimination and how to overcome it.

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Oberg, B. (2016, September 28). Mental Health Stigma Is Discrimination, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, March 3 from

Author: Becky Oberg

September, 29 2016 at 4:58 pm

I think the stigma could come from the term Mental Illness. Mental Illness has a negative tone to me. I specify exactly what I have. That is Anxiety Disorder, Paranoia, and Alcoholism. To improve my we'll being, I need to work on those three disorders.

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