MENTAL HEALTH AND STIGMA : IT’S TIME TO CHANGE



A stigma is a stain, a mark and a blemish. People with mental illness may face stigma, they may be treated as different, as if they are somehow less than other people. It occurs whenever there are negative opinions, judgments , or stereotypes about anyone with any form of mental illness. WHO, reported that an estimate 25% of the worldwide population is affected by mental disorder at some time during their lives. This mental health issue is believed to contribute to 12% of the worldwide burden of disease and is projected to increase to 15% by the year 2020. If any individual have had mental illness, finding a way to deal with stigma is important as it may lead people with mental illness to be discriminated against and miss out on work or bullied.