I have recently been contacted by Marcus over at PSYSCI.CO regarding an article that he had written with the help of some of the guild’s members. This article entitled ‘What One Thing Can People Do To Reduce Mental Health Stigma‘ asks and answers exactly what the title suggests and makes for interesting reading which very much affirms what many of us who write about mental health and mental illness feel/believe.
In his introduction to the piece the author explains….
I recently set out to ask this one question to as many mental health bloggers as I could get my hands on, in an attempt to provide a full and hopefully useful answer to the question.
And this is one area where the Mental Health Writers Guild came into play, with a number of Guild members being approached and responding accordingly.
Additionally, among the comments/responses made by members of the guild, was this comment from Mary Widdifield from Behind The Wall.
It is our responsibility to speak about mental illness openly in an effort to help those who will be diagnosed sometime in their lives. Because talking about mental illness openly is a first step toward reducing stigma, which is the first step our society must take to encourage the newly diagnosed to receive treatment.
Something which I think all our members would no doubt agree with.