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The impact of stigma

People who experience mental health challenges (like PTSI) have likely felt the effects of stigma. 

Stigma refers to a societal disapproval or misunderstanding. Stigma can include placing shame or blame on people who live with a mental illness.

Experiencing stigma can have several harmful impacts on someone who has experienced trauma including:

  • Feelings of fear or shame
  • Withdrawal and/or hiding from support systems
  • Trying to suppress, ignore, or avoid painful symptoms