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The Stigma Behind Mental Health

Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame, and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support, and living well. Learning how to avoid and address stigma is important for all of us, especially when you realize stigma’s effects (NAMI, 2022). Mental health conditions are far more common than you think, mainly because people don’t like to, or are scared to, talk about them. One of the most impactful actions all of us can contribute to is ending the stigma around mental illness – this begins by talking about it with your family, friends, peers, and cultural and religious groups.

 

Contrary to popular belief, discussing mental illness and particularly suicide does not cause or increase the likelihood of someone completing suicide.  At WTLC, we recognize the intersection between mental health and trauma and abuse. We are committed to providing comprehensive and trauma-informed clinical services to holistically address all mental health concerns.

 

21% of U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2020 (52.9 million people). This represents 1 in 5 adults. 5.6% of U.S. adults experienced serious mental illness in 2020 (14.2 million people). This represents 1 in 20 adults. 16.5% of U.S. youth aged 6-17 experienced a mental health disorder in 2016 (7.7 million people). 6.7% of U.S. adults experienced a co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness in 2020 (17 million people) (NAMI, 2022).

 

Mental health conditions can also present as physical health conditions as they cannot always be recognized by the naked eye. A mental illness is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling, behavior or mood. These conditions deeply impact day-to-day living and may also affect the ability to relate to others. If you have — or think you might have — a mental illness, the first thing you must know is that you are not alone. To be connected with counseling services at WTLC, call the 24/7 helpline at 877-531-5522.