can't catch mental illness by being kind

STIGMA is defined as a sign of disgrace or discredit, which sets a person apart from the rest of us.

STIGMA is a marker for adverse experiences, among them, a sense of shame, and is still perceived as a sign of weakness.

STIGMA makes it difficult to get access to resources.

STIGMA means being reviled and almost becoming invisible.

STIGMA brings with it intense shame, resulting in a feeling of decreased self-worth.

STIGMA means secrecy.

STIGMA causes anger that results in keeping one’s distance.

STIGMA causes anger that results in keeping one’s distance.

STIGMA leads to hopelessness.

STIGMA leads to helplessness.

STIGMA forces people to remain in the closet.

STIGMA causes tremendous stress in families.

STIGMA leads to blame and shame.