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Link – Mental Health Stigma Affects Your Loved Ones by Association

Have you been a target of stigma because of someone you love’s mental health issues? I can see where this would happen quite frequently, with people judging how well you are “taking care of” your loved one. It’s also ridiculous.

“Mental health stigma affects the loved ones of a person with mental illness, not only the person with the mental illness. I don’t mean in the situations where the loved one openly or inadvertently stigmatizes, but rather the stigma falls onto them to by association. I know it’s sometimes just a worry that we as people with mental illness have, and typically we look at it in the form of thinking we’re embarrassments rather than the targets of stigma, but loved ones face mental health stigma, too.”

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