Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
as one

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.

Teen mental health stigma