Your stigma, your words… can cost a life

Excellent read #mentalheal #chronicillness

The Invisible F

Stigma (n) – “a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something” – Merriam Webster dictionary

By Andrew Horovitz Photo by Andrew Horovitz

It is outrightly distasteful and dishonourable to take pleasure out of someone else’s suffering.

It was with disbelief that I read news today of the Lad Bible’s apology for trying to publicly shame actor Wentworth Miller via a meme on his past weight gain.

Of course if you’ve seen the news, you’ll know that the Prison Break and Legends of Tomorrow star silenced his detractors with a fitting response.

“First and foremost, I was suicidal. This is a subject I’ve since written about, spoken about, shared about…But at the time I suffered in silence. As so many do…The extent of my struggle known to very, very few.”

What Miller was saying is true for so many people who live with mental health…

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