Rand corporation did a survey that’s cited in the blog post about Mental Health Awareness Month in which 69% of people said they’d rather hide a mental illness than let people know about it, and 90% of those reporting having had mental health issues said they’d been discriminated against as a result.
There’s a lot of positive talk about making treatment available and reducing stigma. I would be very interested in hearing from people whether they feel it would be safe to acknowledge a mental illness, whether or not they’ve experienced stigma if people knew about a mental illness, and whether or not people feel adequate treatment is actually accessible. As someone who has been providing help for more than a quarter of a century, I’ve seen HIV/AIDS go from a dread disease to a manageable chronic illness. during the same time, mental illness and addictive disease have remained stigmatized and those suffering from these conditions marginalized. Just my opinion.