Get treatment: You may be reluctant to admit that you need treatment. Do not let the fear of stigmatizing of others prevent you from seeking help. Treatment can provide relief by identifying the cause of the problem and reducing symptoms that interfere with your work and personal life
Do not let stigma create suspicion and embarrassment: Stigma not only comes from others. You can also believe that your situation is a sign of your weakness or that you should be able to control it without asking for help from others. Seeking counseling, educating yourself about your situation and communicating with others with a mental illness can help you gain self-esteem and overcome self-judgment.
Do not isolate yourself from the people around you: If you have a mental illness, you may be reluctant to tell anyone about it. Your family, friends or neighbors can give you support if they know about your mental illness. Find someone you trust to support and understand you as you need to.
Do not make yourself to be a patient. You are not a patient. So instead of saying “I am a bipolar”, say “I have bipolar disorder.” Instead of calling yourself a “psychopath,” say, “I have schizophrenia.”.
Join a support group: Some local and international advocacy groups, such as the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), offer local and online programs that help reduce stigma by educating people with mental illness, their families, communities and the public.
Get help and support from the school: If you or your child has a mental illness that affects learning, find out what plans and programs can help. Discrimination against students due to mental illness is against the law, and educators at the primary, secondary and college levels are required to receive as many students as possible. Talk to your teachers, professors, or school administrators about the best methods and resources to help you with your mental illness. If the teacher is not aware of the student’s condition, it can lead to discrimination, affect to their learning and impaired learning.
Speak against stigma: You should consider expressing your opinion at events, in writing to stakeholders, or online. It can push bravery of those who have similar issue and educate the public about mental illness.The judgment of others is based on a lack of understanding rather than factual information. Learning to accept your situation and recognize what you need to do to cure it, seek support and help educate others will make a big difference.
Article by: Health.D Cam