Fast Facts About Stigma
- Stigma is a mark of disgrace that sets a person apart. When a person is labelled by their illness, they are seen as part of a stereotyped group. Negative attitudes create prejudice, which leads to negative actions and discrimination.
- Stigma is a condition created by society. It is a judgement, made by either the sufferer or the perceiver and can most simply be described as ‘extreme disapproval’.
- The person suffering the stigma will feel a social outcast, isolated and misunderstood; desperate and alone.
- Stigma can result from many conditions and circumstances; mental illness, financial difficulty, domestic violence, sexual abuse, physical disability, skin tone, sexual orientation, ethnicity or faith. Most often the sufferer is blameless. Often they will feel they are alienated from the rest of society by their stigma.
- Stigma can contribute to developing a mental illness and emotional trauma and often will lead to suicidal thoughts. Currently, that’s one person every two hours, every day.