Stigma is when:†
- you blame me for not asking for help
- you see me as a problem, not as a human being
- I say I’m scared and you tell me the fear is not real
Stigma is a barrier that prevents Veterans from seeking help. Stigma is fear, ignorance, discrimination and bullying. It can come from strangers, or people you know and trust, your family and friends and even yourself.
Stigmatizing Attitudes and Statements
Stigma causes needless suffering. Despite how much we’ve learned about how our brains work, and how far we’ve come regarding suicide and mental health in Canada, suicide and mental health issues are still regarded as a weakness.