Transforming Stigma™ Leads to Suicide Prevention

Mental Health Speaker and Mental Illness Speaker, Mike Veny

Mike Veny, Mental Health Speaker


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What is Stigma?

Stigma is when you are labeled or judged due to perception about your illness or disabilities. It’s often seen as a mark of disgrace. People judge you and believe negative stereotypes about you because they think you’re different. This often causes them to avoid, reject, and discriminate against you.

Stigma also exists when you judge yourself, believe negative things about yourself, and feel ashamed because you think you are different than everyone else.

The Stigma CycleTM

  • Stigma starts with shame.
  • Shame leads to silence.
  • Silence leads to self-destructive behavior and suicide.
  • The process repeats and it becomes an endless, downward spiral.