So what is stigma? Stigma is a strong feeling of disapproval associated with a particular thing. The stigma of mental health can often divide children and leave them feeling ostracised. In fact, stigma is one of the most important problems in the entire mental health field. By understanding what stigma is, young people can seek help by talking to their parents or teachers.
Mental health is often not commonly talked about in schools. People are not adversely educated in the struggles some may be facing. Some schools have approached mental health but only the milder types like insomnia and exam stress. However, they never seem to bring up topics like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
One way that schools can approach fighting the stigma, is by introducing curriculum based learning programmes that explicitly teach about mental health issues and develop students’ mental health literacy. Also, by providing a safe, trustworthy environment, young people may feel more open to seeking the help they need.