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The Stigma

For decades, mental illness is something that has repeatedly been looked down upon. Those suffering from mental disorders are often characterized as weak and sometimes even violent. This is all due to the stigma that has been portrayed onto them by society. These clusters of adverse attitudes and beliefs have led the general public to fear and discriminate against those with mental illnesses. This form of rejection by society discourages roughly 60% of those in need to seek treatment as they fear the labeling associated with being diagnosed with a mental illness. It has been statistically proven that men are less likely to seek help for that exact reason: them feeling as if they can’t show weakness. Likewise, women also don’t feel fully safe reaching out for help due to the fear of social rejection and judgment continuously hovering above them. This lack of asking for help comes with one’s mental health progressing negatively. Stigma is real, judgment is real, but accepting the fact that it’s ok to not be ok sometimes makes all the difference in the world. More than 50% of U.S. adults will need mental health treatment at some point during their lifetime. In addition, 1 in 25 are currently living with a serious mental illness, such as an eating disorder, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or major depression. Given how common it is for people to experience a decline in mental health, the level of stigma that exists in society is surprising and often contradictory. There is no single solution and stigma will not go away overnight, but everyone can head towards the direction of stopping it by advocating, having awareness of what you say, and educating yourself. Which is what we are doing here at IvySky. We believe that through the sharing of stories, tips, and statistics we can work as a community to destigmatize mental health through IvySky's social campaigns.

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