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Overcoming mental health stigma

October 28, 2013
Michelle Williams , Family Services of Warren County

Over the years I have recognized the difficulty people often have in understanding and accepting emotional and mental health issues. I was teaching a class at Jamestown Community College for a group of young adults who were using terms like "crazy", "not right", and "insane" in describing these issues. This kind of language was interfering with their ability to learn about the topic. It also betrayed some biases about their ability to be truly accepting of individuals with mental health issues. An "a-ha moment" for me and the class came when I said, "To truly understand mental health you need to see it as physical health."



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