Stigma Surrounding Dramatherapy

Hey Queens and King,

I hope you are all blessed and ready for a new week, before you read this blog check out last weeks blog here! Great you’re back. You should know the drill by now, grab your ginger beer and lets get to it!

The stigma surrounding Mental health

First of all lets get to grips with the word stigma, I feel like a lot of people throw it out there but don’t actually know what it means. According to dictionary.com it is ‘a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one’s reputation’ and in medical terms ‘mental or physical mark that is characteristic of a defect or disease: eg. the stigmata of leprosy’. So basically stigma means to attach a negative characteristic to something, in our case mental health.

Studying to become a Dramatherapist has made me realise that having a mental health issue is more common than not. Mentalhealth.org.uk tells us that ‘1 in 6 people in the last week experienced a mental health problem’ and yet I hear people close to me and those on social media mock serious mental health issues, they say things like ‘get over it’ or a more common one ‘it’s not that deep’, I even hear people use terms such as ‘you’re depressing’ to describe people. My point is that we need to be made more aware of effects that mental health can have on people across the world and to dismiss someone who is trying to reach out to us can be very harmful.

Some media can intentionally and unintentionally take away the seriousness of mental health issues and they do this by adding humour, over dramatising real life mental health issues or by  making it seem as if people with mental health issues cannot function in western society. People having mental health issue(s) is something that society as a whole needs to be talking about more, we need to be properly educated and we also need to know where we can find resources that will help us.

Stigma surrounding seeking help from professionals

Seeking help from your loved ones, let alone professionals can seem daunting, you may feel as if you will be judged or even laughed at but don’t be ashamed of trying to do something about your mental health issue(s). There are so many trained professional that can help you with, not only your mental health issue but also help you with asking your family for support. Shade throwers, I can hear you saying ‘bruhh why so serious?’ but I cannot explain enough how important positive tools are in helping you to explore your mental health, these are key ingredients are paramount to aiding the management of a 21st century lifestyle. If you have not yet got any help or just need something to get you through the gap inbetween therapy sessions here are some tools that I thought of last year (journaling, staying in shalom and making a mood board). At the end of this post I will add some links that are 24 hour help lines.

Believing stigma

As well as not understanding how powerfully our mental health can effect our lives, we do not understand the power of BELIEVING stigma. Believing stigmas attached to mental health can lead to years of unnecessary isolation, fear and torture. I don’t know who this post is for but as mentioned before there are trained professionals who are just as passionate as me when it comes to killing the stigma surrounding mental health.

What next TishaJayy?

So, queens and kings I have briefly and I mean briefly discussed the STIGMA surrounding mental health and I hope this has sparked something in you that is forward thinking when it comes to the positive management of mental health. For those of you that believe they have mental health issues I would strongly recommend that you go and see your local GP. If this is a little difficult I would suggest you go through a helpline (UK):

1. The Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day – in full confidence.

  • Call 116 123 – it’s FREE

Or email jo@samaritans.org.uk

2. You can call the Rethink advice and information line Monday to Friday, 10am-2pm for practical advice on:

  • different types of therapy and medication
  • benefits, debt, money issues
  • police, courts, prison
  • your rights under the Mental Health Act.

Call Rethink on 0300 5000 927 (calls are charged at your local rate).

3. The Mind infoline

Mind offer an information line to answer questions about:

  • types of mental health problem
  • where to get help
  • drug and alternative treatments
  • advocacy.

Call the Mind infoline on 0300 123 3393 (UK landline calls are charged at local rates, and charges from mobile phones will vary considerably). Or email info@mind.org.uk.

Finally, Queens and kings I really do hope this helps you in some way no matter how small or big, peace and love TishaJayy xx

For more info: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

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