Stigma personified. Check out Jenni’s interaction with the medical community on the behalf of her husband, who deals with mental illness.
One of the human races greatest gifts is language and we use it as a way to understand and recognise the world around us and our place in it. In most cases this is a reassuring process, how children grow to understand what they see as they learn to speak. However there is a danger inherent within, like most things in life there are choices to be made in how we use language and what labels we place on many things.
I have come over time to recognise how naming things can sometimes be a negative. In particular when it comes to the Mental Health Sciences doctors and counsellors primary goal is to define or diagnose a person’s mental health and proceed to label it according to where it fits within the medical models. Unfortunately there is a great deal of stigma attached to mental health and whether people realise…
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