Stigma consists of not only derogatory words or the use of negative labels; it is disrespectful to the individual who is diagnosed with a mental illness. Stigma leads some individuals to avoid employing or living, working, or socializing with people who are known to have a mental disorder. It reduces an individual’s opportunities and access to resources such as housing and employment. Also, it leads to low self-esteem, hopelessness and isolation. Moreover, stigma deters society from participating in taking an active role in the care and cost of treatment for those with mental illnesses.
A strong case can now be made that those who thought that AFDC provided incentives for families to break up or for unwed mothers to stay single in order to receive benefits were dead wrong
Regardless of what you have been told or led to believe, there’s more to this life than living and dying.