Negative Stereotypes & STIGMA in Mental Health | Kati Morton

Negative Stereotypes & STIGMA in Mental Health | Kati Morton

Hey everybody. Today I want to talk with you
about negative stereotypes. And how the stigma against mental illness
affects those of us who struggle. So like I said, Today I want to talk about, How the negative stereotypes and
the stigma associated with mental health, How it affects those of us
who have mental illness. Or even those of us in the field. How does it affect us? How does it change what we do? And I think this is really important, Because that's what
we're working together for. So I would encourage all of you, Share this video. This is important. People need to know. That when they make comments. When they say things that are hurtful. When they perpetuate
stereotypes and stigmas, How much it can actually hurt
those who are already struggling. Please share. Share the videos. Re-tweet. Do whatever it is we need to
do to get the information out. Because the more we talk about it. The more channels on
youtube talk about it. The more people share their stories. The more we comment
and talk to one another. The better. Because we know that
we're not alone in it. We know that the stereotypes are wrong. And we know that all it takes
is a supportive community. And reaching out to get
help to make a difference. And so, how does this really affect us. I know many of you have
reached out to me, Talking about how people have said things
that are really hurtful or they did this. Or somebody told me I just need to eat. Or I don't understand why you cut
yourself, that doesn't make any sense. Or any number of things. Like if you are depressed just,
you know, smile a little. Get out of the house. God. Or anxiety, pfft. Everybody
gets anxious. Ehh. But people don't really understand. And they don't realise how those
comments can really affect how we feel. And how we go about our lives. And it can actually leave
little scars on us inside. And the way that we feel about ourselves. And can cause us to act out of that. And to be frustrated. And to be angry. And it just perpetuates this
horrible terrible cycle. And the worst of it, Is that it slows us down from
actually reaching out to get help. Because then we're afraid
of what people will think. 'Oh they see a therapist. You know,
shit's not good for them.' Or, 'Oh they see a psychiatrist.
That means they're crazy.' Or whatever people say. Be aware. Be cognisant of the things that
come out of your mouth. The things you think. The things you perpetuate. Because, you know what it actually is, The truth of it. The honest truth. Those of us who get help, Are really strong. We're fighters. We're not going to sit down. We're not going to take it. We're actually reaching out to get help
because we know that we can do better. We can be better. We're like optimising our life. The people who don't get help. People who sit in the shadows. The people who struggle and
don't want to tell anybody. Pretend and make fun of
others who have it. Those ones are the weak ones. And that's sad, really. If you think about it that way. We're actually working on ourselves. And that's hard work. That's the hardest work of all of the
work you will do in your life. Is the work you do in therapy. People who don't get it,
just don't get it. So I would encourage all of you. This is just my call to arms. Reach out. Get help. Support those around you. Say positive things. Let's not be mean to one another. We're a community full of love and life. And that's why I only approve
comments that are positive. That support breaking through
the stigma and talking about it. And that's why I always am telling you, Like the video. Because that tells youtube that
mental health is important. And it's crucial to our life. And that's why we need to share things. Re-tweet tweets about mental
health and awareness. Share videos that I put out. And just overall share
positive information. Things that can support one another. Because it's so important that we as a
community help break through the stigma. Stop people from talking poorly about it. Stop people from giving stereotypes
out any more. And giving the real truth of the issue. Really what it's about. We know eating disorders
aren't about the food. It's a coping skill. Same with self harm. It's a way to cope with what we feel. We know that depression and anxiety are
symptoms of a bigger issue. And something else that's going on. It's not always about that one
thing people 'see'. Or 'talk about' or 'know about'. And we need to start
talking about it more. We need to start giving out the truth. And not perpetuating the lies. So work with me. Share this video. Like this video. Re-tweet positive information. Let's help each other. Lets work together, As we break through the stigma. And work towards a healthy mind,
and a healthy body. [Bottom left video] Slowly. And I know this is just one of
those things where you're like, 'Kati that sounds really weird.' But I promise you, By drawing your focus back
to the area in your body. Back to that area. Over and over. Your anxiety will deminish. It's because… Subtitles by the community


  1. Yeah but what do you expect people to do when someone is a nervous wreck all the time or they're always tense and awkward like myself. I think stigma is normal and we should be looking at better treatments for these illnesses not worrying about people judging our odd ball behaviors. We all avoid people who we perceive as off or odd.

  2. It's crazy how long I managed to exist without ever going to therapy or seeking any kind of help for my dysthymia… (it's NOT fun)… I wish i could have been braver years ago to seek help and counceling. Also, being a male, the mentality of guys should just man up and go through it is just the most toxic thing. I always wanted to act that im emotionally stable, happy, but it's all a big lie to myself… always thinking that I can get through this without help. I regret that I didn't seek help at all and now it's affecting so much of my personal and career life. Because I didnt seek help, I did so many big mistakes that just adds on heavy guilt to my disorder. I constantly regret, my past haunting me, worrying about my future, wishing on what I could have done differently. The culture of toxic masculinity inside my mind left me weak, hurt, isolated, resentful to myself, I just cant stand it anymore.

  3. Someone I know, he has a history of mental illness and sometimes when he's stressed at work, he'll make a comment like "I could kill everyone right now" (like ppl tend to say and not mean when stressed) and his coworkers actually believe he means it. 🙄

  4. Me: Oh, I have anxiety.

    Random Classmate: How are you talking to me? Wouldn’t you be all scared?

    Me: Jesus Christ.. reeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEE

  5. Kati,
    I am worried I have a toxic friend. We've been friends for 10 years but in the last year as I confided in her about suicidal thoughts and behaviors, she tends to shut down. I'd wanted advice on therapists and figured that with her high stress job she would've had at least seen one. Plus she is constantly putting me down ever since she graduated college. Who cares? I'm going to graduate college as well. For every accomplishment shes found a way to hurt me. Especially when I told her my availability for hanging out, but let her know that I'd have therapy in the middle of the day. Zero reply back, but she's all active on Snapchat. I think she is part of the reason that the stigma around mental health is so strong.

  6. These are all painfully common misconceptions I've bumped into during my own journey. I appreciate your honesty about such situations, because so many would rather ignore and turn a blind eye. However, things won't get better unless we have a CONVERSATION. Keep it up 🙂

  7. I was told by a complete stranger on my blog that I was a danger to myself and to the people I spoke about. I never have hurt a soul and never have made any threats. My blog was about my experience with mental illness in the workplace and some of the things my employer did to hurt me. I’ve endured a lot because of my mental illness but her saying she wasn’t afraid of her son going into work but was afraid because I was still out in society has been one of the biggest hurts of my life. It’s a typical response from someone who won’t validate your feelings and be understanding. It’s a cheap response when they know you are right and have the courage to call others out for the way they have treated you. I stopped fighting people like this. Life is too short.

  8. Last year I was really struggling with my depression and some friends and I were talking about goals and stuff and I said I wanted to improve my mental health and this girl tells me my mental health is fine—problem #1, right, I said “I’m not sure how you know that”—ready for problem #2? She says “you’re not crazy”. Ohhh man. If that was supposed to be a compliment it could hardly have failed more profoundly.

  9. I was so surprised when I realized that these friends I once have–no longer–were so weak. They acted so confident, always gave me advice (whether wrong or not) seemingly without any self-doubt, and despised "wallowing in misery" for more than a few days (even after serious traumas). I noticed that they made the same mistakes again and again and alienated other people–only to drop them like flies and move on to someone else. I guess they were happy–they sure announced how happy they were to everyone around them, especially those who were unhappy. But maybe they insisted too much on wearing that mask. Because they couldn't yet handle it if they showed any vulnerability.

  10. Thank you soooo much for this video! I am a borderline with an eating disorder. When I was diagnosed my counselor told me I need to work with a specialist for treatment…and released me as a patient. Well…no one wanted to help me bc of the stigmas behind the condition. It hurt so much to be pushed away by professionals, and I almost gave up on myself. I felt unfixable and rejected. I mean, a therapist isn't willing to help me, then something must be REALLY wrong with ME. You are amazing and I thank you for sticking up for those with mental illnesses! It gives us back hope that someone out there might be able to help <3

  11. my mental health has been bad for a while now… one of my sisters asked me If I'm nuts! horrible!!!

  12. This was a wonderful video!! I am having a hard time with my family understanding me. So, I sent them this video.

  13. Yeah lol I'm tired of bitches stereotyping mental illnesses. Thanks to society, my brother was actually convinced at one point that having ptsd meant you were insane 🙂 wtf can you not I already suffer from so many mental illnesses I dont to deal with your stereotype bullshit.

  14. I went to the ER with chest pain, a recent diagnosis of BP1, in this hospitals records system.  The doctor walks in, says hello, looks at the chart and said Oooh, you have bipolar disorder.  He tossed the chart on the table and never came back.  I guess people with bipolar disorder can't have heart attacks! I knew there was a silver lining somewhere!

  15. My friends have been trying to help me out but I haven't been able to internalize what they say and they've said that they think I think their words don't matter. It really hurts me because I want to get better but something is keeping me from internalizing stuff. What do I do?

  16. Thank you for talking about this! Agreed–we need to be sharing, and we need the community to do the same.

  17. I'm really struggling at the moment because I've had pretty bad anorexia for two years but my weight did not go extremely low (my lowest was only bmi 15.0) and my parents intervened and forced me into intensive outpatient treatment very quick so I've since gained 1 1/2 stone but my mental illness has only got worse, I'm very far from being in recovery and haven't eaten a single meal without parent or professional supervision and insistence for a year now and I've had some horrible side issues such as laxative abuse, depression, anxiety and paranoia. However, I now look normal and because people who I'm not really close to don't understand that I've been forced to gain and associate anorexia with being emaciated they assume I'm recovered and even worse that I wasn't really ill to start with and tell me how glad they are that I'm doing so well and don't realise that I still cant do lots of normal things like going on school trips or talking about food and weight. I think it's a really damaging stereotype that people with EDs have to be really underweight to be sick because you already feel worthless for not having lost enough weight and for having being forcibly weight restored and then your illness is forgotten and ignored as well! I really hope that one day people will see that anorexia is about the thoughts and feelings you have about food and it's seriousness is not always reflected in people's physical appearance or behaviour.

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