(SOMTIMES WORSE THAN THE ACTUAL ANXIETY)
REAL TALK SEGMENT.
Stigma is when one person believes they're superior to another based on things like sexuality, race, and in this case mental health issues. They believe people with anxiety are weak, faking it, and should snap out of it. These are all wrong.
People with anxiety suffer from a chemical imbalance in their brain. They are born with this, it does not make them weak, nor can they "snap out of it". The stigma around anxiety is sometimes worse than dealing with anxiety itself, as people treat you differently, don't believe you, or belittle you.
It makes it difficult to receive the proper care as people are embarrased, or internalizing this stigma. They start to think "Why can't I snap out of this? Why am I like this? Is this really all in my head?". This is poisonous thinking, and anyone with a mental health issue needs to remember that it is not their fault.
To help crush the stigma, you can do the following:
>Openly support people with mental health issues
>Edcuate yourself so you can disprove incorrect assumptions
>Stand up to an offensive joke instead of
>Read articles like CTS to spread awareness
>Participate in things like #bellletstalk on
social media to spread awareness
>Never doubt or not believe someone when
they open up about their mental health
what to do if you or someone you knows has anxiety:
> Support them and offer to talk
> Ask an adult, teacher, or counsellor for help
> Call 1-800-KIDS-HELP line for a professional
> Research on websites like WebMD
> Drink less caffeine (sleep better)
> Go to a walk in clinic
> If suicidal/danger to themselves go to emerge
> Contant CTS on one of our websites and our admins will conect you with the help you need!
RESOURCES FOR ANXIETY DISORDERS