The Shocking Reality of Mental Health Stigma

“In the past years, Western countries had open discussion about homophobia, sexism, or racism – so when are we finally going to have the mental health talk?”

When I was sixteen years old, I decided to go on an exchange year abroad. What I thought would be a wonderful experience turned out to be the toughest, but undeniably the most enriching time of my life.

Upon coming to England, my fantasy of a fun year abroad was shattered. I did not do well in my A-levels. I could not make friends. I had conflicts with my host family. I experienced my first break-up, a true tragedy for any teenager. The stress was too intense for a sixteen-year-old me. However, I pretended as everything was fine – I did not want to be the weak one. But the suppression did not work for long. The stress manifested itself into something I…

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  1. socialworkerangela · April 8, 2017

    I had a long distance relationship with a man in Australia. I was undiagnosed but everyone knew I was “off” he told me I had to act normal to come live with him or he’d lose rights to his son. Needless to say it didn’t work out.

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    • yourenotaloneinthisworld · April 8, 2017

      Oh no! That’s terrible I’m sorry

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      • socialworkerangela · April 8, 2017

        Thank you it was back in 1997 we are Facebook friends now. So that wound has been healed thankfully. But it does sometimes play into the what if when my mind wants to torment me

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