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Take action to reduce ‘self-stigma’

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When it comes to behavioral health care, the term “stigma” is often used to describe the shame or embarrassment some people feel about mental illness.

Therefore, addressing stigma is important because the very concept of shame makes it difficult for many individuals with mental illness to seek help.

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Overcoming stigma for better mental health

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Although attitudes are slowly changing, stigma continues to create a significant barrier to mental health treatment. According to Mental Health America, more than half of the people who reported experiencing mental health problems in 2020 did not receive treatment.[1] Additionally, the BCBS Health Index indicated that major depression and anxiety are underdiagnosed at rates of 32-40 percent less in Black and Hispanic/Latino communities.[2] While the reasons for this may vary, the American Psychological Association says that lower diagnosis rates are likely driven by lack of provider understanding of cultural differences, stigma and barriers to getting care such as socioeconomic disparities and provider bias / inequality of care. In the Black community in particular, stigma can be pervasive. Research has shown…

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