Stigma From People Who Want To Help

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If you’ve had trouble with mental health, you might notice that the conversation around us is starting to become more accepting and acknowledging of the pain we face. However, there is still a stigma and it can be surprisingly present in the institutions that we need to rely on most. Here, we’re going to look at some of the challenges presented by these institutions and how we can combat them. It shouldn’t be our responsibility but, unfortunately, it often is.

The workplace

Dealing with mental health in the workplace has come a long way but there are still major issues that employees with mental health concerns face. In some cases, the corporate guidelines on mental health are absent or fail because of a manager not up to scratch on them. In smaller businesses, the owners might not be used to working with someone who is suffering with mental health. Learning how to talk to your boss about your mental health can help you come to an understanding that allows them to become more cooperative. You have to be vigilant for signs of discrimination, as well. If you are treated unfairly at work or even dismissed, that is grounds for legal action. Discrimination in the hiring process is also illegal, but it can be harder to prove. In that case, remember that you aren’t obligated to disclose it.

Benefits and insurance

Disability benefits and insurance are supposed to cover those who are unable to work due to mental health issues just as readily as they help with physical disability. However, because it’s harder to prove mental health trouble than physical disability, it can be an uphill battle. Go to a long term disability lawyer website if you are finding that you are facing delays or rejections when you believe you have been treated unfairly. Whether you’re claiming social security or making use of disability insurance set up for you, it may be wise to do so with legal help that can maximize your chances of a successful claim.

Even doctors

Sometimes, the people who are in the best position to help us can have the worst perspective on the particular problem we face. People with mental health trouble may find themselves not being taken seriously by doctors. They can have symptoms dismissed or even be treated with skepticism by those who believe they may be exhibiting drug-seeking behavior. There are ways to make a new doctor treat you more seriously. Consider taking a family member or friend with you for the first appointment, ensure they have a fully updated medical history, and prepare detailed notes of the symptoms you’re experiencing. The more seriously you take the appointment, the more likely your doctor is to give you the time you need.

Its easy to the feel the stress associated with the constant uphill battle of having mental health treated seriously. However, its essential to fight your corner. Otherwise, you may end up lacking the support that is essential and even the ability to meet your basic needs.


Hi! I'm Chaz. I'm the Founder of The Green Button Project, I run my own mental health blog, and I'm also a mental health volunteer with Time to Change and I also love dogs.

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