Stigma is the result of negative and prejudicial stereotypes, attitudes and
behaviours that people express towards those living with a mental health
problem or a mental illness. Stigma is a major problem for people living with
mental health issues. It undermines their self-esteem, well-being and their ability
Many do not seek help for their mental health struggles because they don’t
want other people to stigmatise them. The exercise below will help students
understand the destructive and painful nature of stigma to those who have
mental health struggles. This exercise highlights how damaging and hurtful
language/words can be on people and the negative impact it can have, stopping
people from seeking help.
Please watch the video below for information on how to complete this activity.