Patrick A. Roland tells us his views on how fearful perspectives can be understood, and the conversation on mental health can be moved forwards.
“Mental health stigma is an illness all by itself. It should be included as a side effect of mental illness…”
“Each individual is different and his or her way of dealing will also be very different. The important thing is to listen and be patient.”
“If I could work, pray, think, or exercise my way out of this I would have a long time ago…”
“It’s difficult not to be bothered by clearly demeaning and insensitive remarks. But what I have come to realize as a writer and a speaker, is that words only have meaning once we give them meaning…”
“Stigma is the thing that stops you from being open about your struggles. Rarely does anyone feel embarrassed telling someone that they broke their arm or caught a cold, but so few people will call into work sick because of their mental health…”
“Stigma is when someone is afraid of me or afraid of a part of me because they don’t understand – or want to understand – it…”