Mental Health Stigma

This is my recent column in the New Zealand Herald, which is published in the digital “Premium” edition every Thursday…

We’ve done such a good job of “destigmatising” conversations about mental illness, we’re failing to give terms the weight they deserve, writes Kyle MacDonald.

I’ve talked before about how much I cringe when I hear people say “I feel a bit depressed today”, or even more so if tidy people describe themselves as “OCD”.

But we only have ourselves to blame.

We have done such a good job of “destigmatising” conversations about mental illness, that we now use words – that by definition describe serious levels of life-impairing distress – to talk about our emotions.

And that doesn’t help anyone. (Click here to read the rest of the article via the NZ Herald…)

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