Have you ever had someone tell you:

  • "You're crazy!"

  • "Therapy is for the weak."

  • "You just want attention."

  • "It's all in your head".

  • "Get over it."

  • "Grow up!"

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Sometimes, people around you might blame you for your mental illness or make insensitive remarks, leaving you feeling discouraged.

How you can navigate and respond to situations where you're being shamed for your mental illness or mental health treatment?

1. Use Positive Self Affirmations

Remind yourself that the negative comments don't have anything to do with you, but everything to do with them. Don't let their negative control you!

Redirect your focus with positive self-talk. Be your greatest supporter!

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Check out this Byte for some examples of positive self-affirmations. 👈


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2. Educate!

If you feel comfortable doing so, you can educate people so they can better understand your mental illness. Flaticon Icon

When you hear people discuss mental illness negatively, politely ask them to consider the impact of their words. Flaticon Icon

Inform them that their words can prevent someone with mental illness from seeking the help they need.

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Tell them to be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem.

Recommend they read mental health resources from sites like NAMI and Mental Health America.

3. Set Boundaries

Unfortunately, no matter what you do, some people will continue to be meanspirited and thoughtless.

Set clear boundaries with people who continue to shame you over your mental health.

It can also help to share your frustrations with a therapist so they can help you figure out the best course of action.

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