Kill the label. Kill the stigma.

⚠ Trigger Warning ⚠

The moment we attach a label to a life experience, we focus on the label and discard the merits of the experience.

We make people invisible when we deny the reality of their experience by suggesting that there is something clinically wrong with them, despite causality of their emotional upheaval being clearly associated with their experiences in life.

When we readily embraces such labels, it disempowers us to make sense of, and to rise above that which weighs us down.

When we create such detachment from the cause of our duress, it denies us a voice in expressing our hurt or pain.

Instead, it convinces us that we’re defective in some way.

When the shame of such labels grows to define how we appear to others, we find familiarity and a common cause with others who suffer a similar struggle, resulting in a victim mindset that focuses on claiming their space as struggling humans who are afflicted with mental illness.

That’s how we break each other down as humans, while building each other up as victims.

You cannot break the stigma of mental health by undermining the humanness of the ones affected by the stigma.

We need to see the human behind the labels that we throw at each other.

Until then, compassion and empathy will continue to be in short supply.

Kill the label, kill the stigma.

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