There is a lot of controversy regarding mental illness.
Mental illness is a controversial subject to many people.
The stigma of mental illness is still huge today and may be getting even worse instead of better.
We need to educate, educate and educate more about mental illness starting at Elementary schools teaching young children about what mental illness is.
Unfortunately, there is a negative portrayal of people who have a mental illness. People diagnosed with bipolar disorder and other types of mental illness are treated unfairly, discriminated against and even shamed for having a mental illness.
Stigma may have improved slightly with depression, but it has not improved with any other types of mental illness.
Bipolar disorder is definitely stigmatized a lot due to the lack of awareness and education regarding this illness. People make generalizations about bipolar because of what they hear on television and read on social media. For example, if there was a mass shooting or other types of violence the reporters tell the world that the shooter has bipolar disorder. So then people believe that all people with bipolar are violent and that is very untrue. Instead people with bipolar disorder are often the victims of violence and other crimes.
The word stigma is just a kinder softer word used instead of what it really is. Stigma is actually the hurtful, cruel, shaming and true word for discrimination. People with mental illness are discriminated against often in many ways and in many environments.
My passion in life is to help people and to increase awareness and education about bipolar and other mental illness diseases, reduce the alarmingly increasing rate of suicides and to reduce and eliminate the stigma of mental illness.
I must stand up, shout, stomp out and fight mental illness stigma in as many ways as I can, until it is gone.
I am a controversial person for a very good, positive, necessary and important cause.
I will fight for what I know is right!