Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness
I would never expect anyone who has not been diagnosed with a mental illness, and has not lived through it, to understand the disease. If one has not watched a family member battle a mental illness, he or she would also not be expected to understand the ramifications of the illness.
That lack of understanding is the reason the stigma regarding mental illness is alive and well today.
However, people can educate themselves about the far too many mental illnesses that plague so many today.
I would like to recommend the following memoirs and novels that will give a non-sufferer a hint as to the suffering and treatment of a mental illness. All works are riveting reads, and the pain suffered by these individuals is presented with such skill that even a non-sufferer will get the picture.
Through knowledge and understanding, the stigma of mental illness will decrease dramatically. Due to the stigma that exists in the world today, many sufferers fail to seek the help they need.
1. The Opposite of Music by Janet Ruth Young
2. The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon (Memoir)
3. Manic by Terri Cheney (Memoir)
4 . It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini ( Memoir)
5. I Know This Much is True by Wally La mb
Gemstone Pink: Former group leader for Recovery, International and former sufferer.
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