Category Archives: Stigma

This Animated Short Explains the Dangers of Stigma Without Saying a Word

Mental health issues can be very isolating, and when you’re dealing with them alone, you might not have the words to explain what’s wrong. This video from animator Chara Bui wordlessly explains how difficult that experience can be, particularly when stigmatizing ideas of mental illness surround you — and how much it can help to […]

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In This Personal Video, ‘How to ADHD’ Tackles Medication Stigma

The decision to take (or not take) psychiatric medication shouldn’t be a controversial one. We should decide what’s best for our health with the help of our doctors, and that should be that. But stigma isn’t a rational thing, and a lot of people think that they know better than we do or our doctors […]

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This Illustrator is Creating an Alphabet of Mental Health Issues

Illustrator Sonaksha Iyengar is taking part in the 36 Days of Type project on Instagram this month, joining thousands of artists each bringing their own perspectives and styles to the letters of the alphabet. Iyengar has set herself an even greater challenge in the process: to communicate the struggle of coping with mental health issues. […]

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This Video Gets to the Heart of Mental Health Stigma

A big part of the Take This mission is fighting mental health stigma both in the gaming community and beyond it. For us, that means a lot of things, including creating a platform to educate and inform people about mental health issues, encouraging people to tell their stories so others feel less alone and helping […]

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5 Times Costume Retailers Tried to Make Mental Health Stigma Sexy

Last week, Walmart came under fire for one of its Halloween costume accessories: the Razor Blade Suicide Scar Wound. An online petition brought the latex injury kit to the company’s attention. Walmart was quick to pull it, calling the accessory “appalling” distancing itself from the third-party seller responsible. The company noted that the costume “clearly […]

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Gemma Correll Perfectly Illustrates What #MentalIllnessFeelsLike

As part of its Mental Health Month campaign, Mental Health America has been encouraging everyone to share what mental illness feels like for them under the hashtag #MentalIllnessFeelsLike. The organization also asked illustrator Gemma Correll to share a few thoughts about what mental illness can feel like, and she came through with some pitch-perfect illustrations. […]

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This Group Helps Koreans Appreciate Life By Roleplaying Death

Kill Me, Heal Me is a short documentary by MEL Films exploring mental health stigma in Korea. It features the Hyowon Healing Center in Seoul, which has an unorthodox approach to healing: it helps its clients imagine what it would be like to die. The subject of the film, Taiyun, 35, talks about the challenges […]

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As It Turns Out, Games Aren’t Great at Depicting Mental Health Issues

“Has anybody spawned in a mental hospital and had something good happen to them?” was a rhetorical question asked by Kelli Dunlap during her PAX East talk last week, and it’s a good question. In reality, a lot of good happens when we receive treatment for mental health issues. In games, that treatment is usually […]

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Report Finds that Stigma is Still a Serious Problem

Image credit: Matthew Wiebe With a new depression or anxiety awareness campaign cropping up on a near-daily basis, it’s tempting to believe that we’re all well and truly aware. So the stigma surrounding mental health issues must be on its way out, right? Not quite. According to a new report from the U.S. National Academies […]

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One Author Brings Neurodiversity to the Apocalypse

If you’re neurotypical and able-bodied, apocalyptic scenarios can be fun thought exercises. You probably know the one: where would you go if the dead were rising? A wholesale warehouse, the mall, a top-floor apartment? Who would you trust to have your back? What would you stockpile for food, weapons, and long-term survival? If you have […]

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