Mental Health and Stigma

8 May

Progressive Health Care

Part of social justice is working to enfranchise marginalized populations.  Sadly, people living with mental health issues are too often marginalized and worry about stigma.  I was even anxious when I talked about my own struggles with depression.  I say with great certainty that most humans either struggle with some form of mental illness, or have family and friends who struggle.

Here in the United States, we can’t even talk about health care for all much less actually talk about treating mental health issues.  Here is where I would like to call attention to the amazing and progressive country of New Zealand.  New Zealand is tackling the issue of mental health with an advertising campaign that is compassionate, humane, and affirming in the attempt to remove stigma.  Click here to see part of this video campaign.

Action steps: not only do we need to make sure the Affordable Health Care Act passes, but we need to expand the act to take care of all of our brothers and sisters.


6 Responses to “Mental Health and Stigma”

  1. Jani May 8, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    So important. Thank you, Michael.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt May 8, 2012 at 7:49 am #

      Thank you. I know you have dedicated your life to helping those living with mental health.

      • newsofthetimes May 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

        I completely agree and really appreciate the post. I think we all have different definitions of mental health as well. If I am an anxious person, does that mean that I have mental health issues? The answer is yes, which means that a huge number of people – probably the majority of people – suffer from mental health issues. And businesses do not do very much to support employees in working on these issues – most just pile on more work and make you feel like a slacker if you really need a mental health day. Thanks so much for the post!

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt May 8, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

        You are always so careful and really quite lovely with your comments. Let us hope we can collectively raise awareness around mental health.

  2. newsofthetimes May 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    Thanks! How nice! I’m sure there are some who would say I am not lovely in my comments. 🙂 But I try to be honest. BTW, you and your readers might be interested in whatt is happening at the state capitol in Colorado right now. Rs are fiibustering to avoid a vote on civil unions. The votes are there, but the R controlled house is stalling to avoid the vote. They have until midnight to get it through. Different subject, but I thought you and your readers might be interested.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt May 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

      Yes, indeed! Thank you for relaying the information. Let us hope the Rs will not prevail in their hate and bigotry in Colorado again!

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