by Yvette Caster
Originally published: June 28, 2016
Whether we want to admit it or not, we all wear masks in our public lives.
If we want to succeed in our careers we put on civilised, friendly, efficient faces.
If we want to keep the peace with our friends over Brexit we laugh at their jokes, focus on their good points and ignore the things we disagree with.
If we want an easy life with our families we tell relatives what they want to hear and present the version of ourselves we know they want to see.
When it comes to mental illness, it can be hard to challenge the prejudice, ignorance and fear associated with it because everyone’s so busy being polite.
Or maybe you’re too afraid to let your own mask drop and be honest about your mental illness because you’re afraid of the stigma.
Because, make no mistake, stigma is real and it’s like a weight.
Here’s 10 things I wish people understood about mental illness and stigma.