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  1. Kathy says

    Thank you for writing about such an important topic. Regardless of who is suffering from mental illness it isn’t something to be laughed at. I agree when you said that some of the same people who publicly laughed at Kanye also posted Mental Health Awareness support. The stigma is sadly still very much alive….

    • LauraJ says

      It’s a shame that a stigma still exists when there has been so much mental health awareness. It feels like people pick and choose which mental health symptoms they support based on how comfortable they feel. We need more conversation on the many faces of mental health.

  2. crystalsandcurls says

    I recently watched a Youtube documentary about Kanye West and it just made me feel really….sad for him. A lot of people laugh (and I get it – he can be super entertaining) but it’s really painful to watch someone blatantly struggling so publicly. I dont think people consider the aftermath for him having to come out of an episode and realise he’s said or done something erratic xx

    • LauraJ says

      For people who have bipolar and can relate to what Kanye’s going through, this could be a great opportunity to show support for the condition. It’s sad that people are laughing and not taking it seriously – stigmatising not just Kanye, but everyone who can relate. Ixx

  3. Mimi says

    I was a victim of stigma myself but in a different way. I thought that depression was something different than what it actually is and I battled with the monster for 10 years before knowing what it was. It was incredibly lonely, thinking I was weird because at times I didn’t want to go out or just act. I was deeply apathetic for days and sometimes even months and most people, myself included though I was just lazy.

    • LauraJ says

      I’m sorry you went through that. I wish the idea of laziness could be removed from mental health – I’ve heard things before where people have said “Oh, their just using their depression as an excuse”. And the people saying this, have likely never experienced it and have zero education or knowledge on the subject.

  4. thelonelyauthorblog says

    I feel bad for Kayne West. I hope he is able to find the help that he needs.

    I really liiked your list of stigmas. People have so many of these misconceptions, and that can only make it harder for people trying to cope.
    Hope you are well Laura.

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