I don't want to show i'm struggling. I'm worried people will judge me.
Stigma affects almost everyone with a mental illness as well as stigma around, other things.
Stigma is when someone views you in a negative way because you have a distinguishing characteristic or personal trait that's thought to be a disadvantage. Although recently stigma around mental health has been reduced, it still affects people in many ways on a day to day basis.
Opening up about your feelings is not sign of weakness, it is actually very brave to talk about struggles and ask for help.
I kept my illnesses a 'secret' for a long time in fear that people would judge me but when I started to tell others what was going on, nearly everyone was so lovely and supportive. This actually helped and continues to help with my recovery.
Although I have had a few negative comments said about me, the many nice comments I've received definitely make the negative worth it.
I have included some links to websites about stigma surrounding teen mental health which may be useful.
- Young People -Involving you
- Young People's questions
- Know your rights
- Looking after your own Mental Health
- Conditions and Diagnoses
- Reaching Out For Help