Negative Stereotypes & STIGMA in Mental Health | Kati Morton


Hey everybody. Today I want to talk with you
about negative stereotypes. And how the stigma against mental illness
affects those of us who struggle. So like I said, Today I want to talk about, How the negative stereotypes and
the stigma associated with mental health, How it affects those of us
who have mental illness. Or even those of us in the field. How does it affect us? How does it change what we do? And I think this is really important, Because that’s what
we’re working together for. So I would encourage all of you, Share this video. This is important. People need to know. That when they make comments. When they say things that are hurtful. When they perpetuate
stereotypes and stigmas, How much it can actually hurt
those who are already struggling. Please share. Share the videos. Re-tweet. Do whatever it is we need to
do to get the information out. Because the more we talk about it. The more channels on
youtube talk about it. The more people share their stories. The more we comment
and talk to one another. The better. Because we know that
we’re not alone in it. We know that the stereotypes are wrong. And we know that all it takes
is a supportive community. And reaching out to get
help to make a difference. And so, how does this really affect us. I know many of you have
reached out to me, Talking about how people have said things
that are really hurtful or they did this. Or somebody told me I just need to eat. Or I don’t understand why you cut
yourself, that doesn’t make any sense. Or any number of things. Like if you are depressed just,
you know, smile a little. Get out of the house. God. Or anxiety, pfft. Everybody
gets anxious. Ehh. But people don’t really understand. And they don’t realise how those
comments can really affect how we feel. And how we go about our lives. And it can actually leave
little scars on us inside. And the way that we feel about ourselves. And can cause us to act out of that. And to be frustrated. And to be angry. And it just perpetuates this
horrible terrible cycle. And the worst of it, Is that it slows us down from
actually reaching out to get help. Because then we’re afraid
of what people will think. ‘Oh they see a therapist. You know,
shit’s not good for them.’ Or, ‘Oh they see a psychiatrist.
That means they’re crazy.’ Or whatever people say. Be aware. Be cognisant of the things that
come out of your mouth. The things you think. The things you perpetuate. Because, you know what it actually is, The truth of it. The honest truth. Those of us who get help, Are really strong. We’re fighters. We’re not going to sit down. We’re not going to take it. We’re actually reaching out to get help
because we know that we can do better. We can be better. We’re like optimising our life. The people who don’t get help. People who sit in the shadows. The people who struggle and
don’t want to tell anybody. Pretend and make fun of
others who have it. Those ones are the weak ones. And that’s sad, really. If you think about it that way. We’re actually working on ourselves. And that’s hard work. That’s the hardest work of all of the
work you will do in your life. Is the work you do in therapy. People who don’t get it,
just don’t get it. So I would encourage all of you. This is just my call to arms. Reach out. Get help. Support those around you. Say positive things. Let’s not be mean to one another. We’re a community full of love and life. And that’s why I only approve
comments that are positive. That support breaking through
the stigma and talking about it. And that’s why I always am telling you, Like the video. Because that tells youtube that
mental health is important. And it’s crucial to our life. And that’s why we need to share things. Re-tweet tweets about mental
health and awareness. Share videos that I put out. And just overall share
positive information. Things that can support one another. Because it’s so important that we as a
community help break through the stigma. Stop people from talking poorly about it. Stop people from giving stereotypes
out any more. And giving the real truth of the issue. Really what it’s about. We know eating disorders
aren’t about the food. It’s a coping skill. Same with self harm. It’s a way to cope with what we feel. We know that depression and anxiety are
symptoms of a bigger issue. And something else that’s going on. It’s not always about that one
thing people ‘see’. Or ‘talk about’ or ‘know about’. And we need to start
talking about it more. We need to start giving out the truth. And not perpetuating the lies. So work with me. Share this video. Like this video. Re-tweet positive information. Let’s help each other. Lets work together, As we break through the stigma. And work towards a healthy mind,
and a healthy body. [Bottom left video] Slowly. And I know this is just one of
those things where you’re like, ‘Kati that sounds really weird.’ But I promise you, By drawing your focus back
to the area in your body. Back to that area. Over and over. Your anxiety will deminish. It’s because… Subtitles by the Amara.org community

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