Stigma

Bring Change 2 Mind, an advocacy campaign that seeks to make life better for people with mental illness by battling misconceptions and fear in the general public, announced this morning on its facebook feed that the idea of the day was "stigma and what all of us can do [to] eliminate it."


Stigma.

It's Ash Wednesday. Millions of Christians today willingly receive a literal stigma -- "a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain" -- in the form of ashes on our foreheads. Those who went to a service in the morning and went about their days with the mark on their face may have experienced some negative reaction. But we get to wash it off at night.

Those who experience the stigma of mental illness don't have the luxury of removing the perceptions of others and the implications of those judgments on their lives.

For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us, Accept our repentance, Lord.

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