A person with cancer is often given chemotherapy or radiation treatments to kill their cancer cells. These toxins or poison like medications or treatments destroy cancer cells but also kill other cells as well. They cause severe side effects that are usually visible to others. They throw up, lose weight and most obvious to others, they lose their hair. So, when others see someone with cancer they understand how and why they are sick and they empathize with them and treat them kindly.
People with mental illness are often given a variety of psychotropic medications to treat their disease. These medications are strong, can be dangerous and sometimes damage brain cells and other cells that are not targeted. These toxin like medications or treatments cause very severe side effects also but the difference is they can’t be seen by others.
The severe side effects are usually not visible on the outside but are still causing severe distress to the person being treated. Sometimes the damage occurs slowly and can take years to discover the severe outcomes that has been done. Instead people see adverse behaviors or lack of behaviors that they can’t understand so they blame the person instead of the medications or their illness.
This is stigma my friends. Oh, the stigma of mental illness. Will it ever end? Can it?
I don’t know for sure but all we can do is keep trying to end stigma and never give up. Keep talking, sharing, teaching, preaching and loving and treating people kindly and respectfully until mental illness stigma ceases to exist–until it is stops–until it is OVER!
We must even love the people who stigmatize mental illness. We can’t end wrongs with more wrongs, bad with bad, hurt with hurt, hate with hate, or evil with evil. That doesn’t work.
We must love. We must not stand out negatively and be pushy but be kind and teach with gentle words and actions of kindness and love. Show others how to love with LOVE.
End the stigma of mental illness by showing others how to love.
Be the strong examples of compassion and love.
Treat stigma with love.
“Let love be the ending
of the stigma sentence♥”
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