Change the words “HIV” and “AIDS” by “Mental illness” and see how you feel about it

Study Shows Mentally Ill More Likely to Be Victims, Not Perpetrators, of Violence – NC State University:

As mental illness is still a taboo, most people only know it when it is visible i.e. at its worst. When faced with a mentally ill person in a state of a crisis, the only reasonable reaction is to call a doctor or the emergency services.

However, do think about all the other mentally-ill people who are able to hide the disease to you; because it is a taboo and because they don’t want you to know…

Mental Disorder – Wikipedia:

“The social stigma associated with mental disorders is a widespread problem. The US Surgeon General stated in 1999 that: “Powerful and pervasive, stigma prevents people from acknowledging their own mental health problems, much less disclosing them to others.” (…) Media coverage of mental illness comprises predominantly negative and pejorative depictions, for example, of incompetence, violence or criminality, with far less coverage of positive issues such as accomplishments or human rights issues. Such negative depictions, including in children’s cartoons, are thought to contribute to stigma and negative attitudes in the public and in those with mental health problems themselves, although more sensitive or serious cinematic portrayals have increased in prevalence.(…) The majority of people with serious mental illness are never violent.”

ILO – Mental ill-health at the workplace: Don’t let stigma be our guide–en/index.htm

Philadelphia (movie – 1993):

The cure is different, the stigma is the same.


Mental illness is not a choice, stigmatisation is — as well as using obsolete practices.

Individual Differences – Robert Sapolsky- Stanford University:

Prince William and Jacinda Ardern discuss mental health at Davos 2019:

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