LinkedIn Forum Response: Why do you think people are ashamed to talk about Mental Disorders in their families?

This is such an important question for people throughout our nation, in general, and in particularly throughout the Pan-African communities. I believe much of the key to why people are ashamed of stuff, is because people don’t understand it.

I recently wrote a post, discussing how powerful the fear of the unknown can be for people. I asserted that in fact, it is the fear of the unknown, xenophobia at its best, that leads to the spread of hate.

For instance, the many things that are manifested in acts of hate and fear, such as homophobia, prejudice, transphobia, fatphobia and phobias of developmentally different people. In such, I believe people feel shame, because they not only fear the stigma, but in many ways have been subjugated to reinforce the stigma.

Deconstructing that fear of what we don’t understand, could significantly improve the everyday life for people with “mental illnesses”. Starting with the way they think and live, deconstructing fear of the unknown could help in getting rid of the necessity for the label, “mentally ill.” Again, thank you for allowing me to join this wonderful discussion, as it’s been insightful and consciously stimulating. Peace and blessings to you all!!

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