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Mental Health Stigma

In society and across various cultures there is a mental health stigma that affects so many people on a frequent basis. From the moment some people are born they are taught that, "What happens in the house, stays in the house," meaning that you don't tell the family "business." With this thought process,1 many people are left untreated and are not able to function to their full potential because of the stigma of being considered a "family outcast" or "crazy." The fear and shame of the ridicule from society and family members creates a sense of helplessness and the inability to feel comfortable reaching out for help. We have to work towards breaking the stigma that mental health help demonstrates a weakness, instead it is the ultimate demonstration of strength.

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