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An International Crisis: Destigmatizing Mental Health

An International Crisis: Destigmatizing Mental Health

“Oh, she’s crazy”, “Yeah, that guy is a maniac”, “That person is nuts”; these are all phrases people say on a regular basis to describe people they perceive to have mental health issues. And all of these phrases are super negative. Why? Because our society has a major stigma around mental health and mental illness. By destigmatizing mental health and improving our mental health care system overall, everyone can be happier and healthier.

Why destigmatizing mental health is important

According to a recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicines (NAS), destigmatizing mental health and mental illness can only happen in our culture if we implement a serious national effort involving health agencies, the criminal justice system, employers, schools, and the media.

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