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M_H_Driver 1 year, 4 months ago on Chipping away at the stigma of mental illness

In a general hospital waiting area, one side marked "physical health clients" and the other side marked "mental health clients", be sure to sit on the mental side. This human condition is not contagious and most of the talk will make you feel that your life has been very easy. You'll note how concerned persons can be for others despite their own problems. Neither side of the room is for the "ill" (supposedly lessor, not normal, perhaps evil) persons nor do they intend to be "consumers", "users", "recipients", or have "issues." Yet both sides are "struggling", "with problems" , "humans" and "clients" who are not very “patient,” yet, able to wait. It's hoped they’ll all be "survivors" after "suffering" so many tags. A very kind person, well-meaning and quite learned, can be fooled by common tags into spreading prejudice. No one can declare they'll "fight the stigma" of any tag without spreading the tag-prejudice by their own words.

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