5 Ways to Reduce the Stigma of Mental Health


A woman in a session with a therapist. Many mental health providers today are aiming to reduce stigma, challenge old-fashioned beliefs, and spread awareness about the benefits of mental health care. Here are five things to consider if you would like to change the narrative around mental health care.

1. Get your group on.

One awesome way to clap back at the mental health stigma is to engage in group support. Now, it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but the overall purpose is to allow those who are struggling to find safety and community with people who truly understand.

2. Get involved.

Inspired by a local nonprofit that offers education, information, and support to individuals managing mental illness, survivors of sexual trauma, DV, or other interpersonal violence? Then go ahead and get involved. Donate, attend fundraising and community events, and utilize their shared resources.

3. Use social media.

Social media, for the purpose of sharing resources and educating others, can be a great way to fight stigma. You can follow local clinicians, share information (that is valid or verified) with friends and community members, and keep up to date with the latest mental health news.

4. Psycho-education is key.

In session, therapists aim to push back against stigma by providing clients with psycho-education to normalize and validate their experiences.

5. Manage your own needs and share your experiences.

Making sure you’re maintaining your mental health is so important. There are so many ways to seek support, from group therapy to different modalities (CBT, DBT, EMDR, and more). Additionally, medication in conjunction with therapeutic intervention is helpful. If you’ve been feeling stuck in your therapy process with continued symptoms, it may be time to seek consultation around psychiatric medication. Medication can support you in symptom management and give you the boost needed to access coping strategies and engage more thoughtfully in therapy.

No matter where you are on your mental health journey, you have time and resources available.


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