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Stigma of Mental Illness Prevents a Cure

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Excerpt of an article by Becky Oberg | Healthy Place

The stigma of mental illness prevents open and honest discussion of mental illness. By teaching that depression is something to be ashamed of, we prevent people from seeking help. By preventing people from seeking help, we perpetuate the myth that people never recover, and by teaching that people never recover, we deny people the hope of learning how to live in recovery.

Depression is nothing to be ashamed of. You have the right to reach out for help. You have the right to cry, the right to feel bad, and the right to treatment to help you feel better. You don’t have to live in the shadows. You have the right to recover.


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