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Feb 11, 2020
Destigmatization of Mental Illness Could be Possible Through the Following Five Ways
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Here are some ways of reducing stigma around the subject of mental illness.

  1. The language used when describing mental illness should be empathetic and considerate. For example, using the word 'patient' during mental illness discussions should be minimized. The word 'patient' paints the actual patient as 'someone who is afflicted and going through suffering.'

  2. Inclusivity. This means that people who are suffering from mental illnesses are not excluded due to 'disability.'

  3. Improved access to healthcare. Most mental health facilities are out of reach of the people who need them the most.

  4. Fighting against self-stigma. Self-stigma is the self-depreciation where someone applies negative public perceptions to themselves. By doing so, they severely erode their self-esteem.

  5. Reducing pathogenization of mental illness. Some life stressors cause diverse reactions, which in turn cause vulnerable people to show signs of stress and mental illnesses. The varied reaction causes a spectrum of responses to be seen depending on the affected individual.