I normalise my thoughts, by writing about what I deal with on my blog. I take away the stigma. You would have to be asleep at the wheel not to be aware. Around disability and mental health, we more than most live with stigma.
When a person is labelled by an illness or disability, when others view them in a negative way because they have personal traits or distinguishing characteristics that are deemed a disadvantage, then you know you’re dealing with stigma; where what you deal with is ignored, where no one owns up to admitting they need to make you and your disability inclusive.
You know you’re dealing with stigma, when others fail to talk about, or bring what you deal with into every day. We can all change our perceptions, the way we look at something and as soon as we do, attitudes can change.
There are days where I struggle with certain aspects of my disability. I have reconciled much of what I deal with, but as I continue to present differently, I am stigmatised and that never goes away.
If something isn’t working, you seek to understand why, to change it through new perceptions. Those like myself with a disability cannot change how we view and see the world, but others can choose to help us see our lives differently, by talking about what we deal with and bring it into our every day.
We all have a role in society to help and bring disability and mental health into everyday situations so that those people living with something, feel inclusive, not exclusive. It is important mental health and illness relating to mental health are talked about, in families and society.
Having a mental illness or a physical disability needs to be normalised. It is wrong for others to ignore, label, or judge. As a society we need to get rid of the stigma associated with mental illness, disability, race and gender.