‘……..conversations about mental illness must be had if we are to propagate understanding among those with a mental illness and among those who don’t. And it’s brave of someone, anyone, to want to start the conversation about bipolar disorder or another mental illness, knowing how much stigma is out there’.
Most of us who have a diagnosis are petrified when it comes to raising the topic of mental illness. Why? Well because we are all too aware that ignorance, prejudice and stigma is still rife.
But what if the boot is on the other foot? Is it not equally uncomfortable for a person who has no first-hand experience of the condition to start a conversation about it? And how do they go about initiating such a conversation without causing offence?
In the following short article on this very subject, Natasha Tracy sets out the main points to keep in mind: