Mental Health Month

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.


About jamesmatter

Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in private practice in San Francisco. I work with adults, adolescents, and couples, with focus on substance use and abuse and co-occurring disorders (having both a mental illness and an addiction).
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