Have you ever been scarred by a damaging label? If so, you know the discomfort, shame, and dehumanization that occurs.
Labeling others separates people based on actual or perceived differences. The stigma associated with being labeled aims at one’s identity and divides us and them.
The label linked to certain assumptions lingers, impacting impressions of the individual regardless of their behavior (Yanos, 2018).
The differentiation between us and them may seem minor. However, a closer look reveals the depth it reaches to the point of eroding social capital – the strength and benefits derived through societal cohesion.
This article discusses mental health stigma, its effects, and ways to reduce it.
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