Why share my darkness? The face of mental healthcare

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Brett Batten is sharing his journey, in hopes that it decreases the stigma associated with mental illness.

I started thinking about all the labels I have had; insane, criminal, crazy, mentally ill, manic depressive, I could name a few more.

Labels are basically stereotypes; mental molds that we cast for people so we feel separate and safe from them. With stereotypes comes stigma and with stigma comes isolation. This isolation helps protect the strong and healthy but it drives those who are different underground and often in the case of mental illness – people don’t seek help.

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Blog posted on Hospital News (www.hospitalnews.com), October 4, 2013