Category Archives: Stigma

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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Schizophrenia and the Stigma We Ignore

We talk a lot about the stigma of mental illness these days, and not just here–not a day goes by without some new effort to raise awareness of depression or anxiety, issues that are relatively common and usually entirely treatable. But those are not the only mental health issues around, and the fight against stigma […]

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Should Depression Be Looked at Like Misery or Biology?

Biology is a common theme in the efforts to destigmatize mental health issues. We tell people to think of depression like cancer, or a broken limb: you wouldn’t mock someone going through chemo for not being able to get out of bed, right? You wouldn’t tell someone with a broken limb to just fake having […]

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Sharing Stories to Fight Stigma at ‘Let’s Talk Mental Health’

I don’t need to tell you that sharing our stories is helpful–Take This supporters are well aware. Fighting stigma is a big job, though, and it’s going to require all hands on deck, so it’s great to see a new project launch that aims to get people talking. Let’s Talk About Mental Health is a […]

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