What’s the stigma?

Happy Mental Health Awareness week, Marquette community! This is week is a great time to come together and realize how mental health issues could affect us all. Whether it influences the lives of loved ones or yourself, being aware that those with mental health issues are not much different than ourselves can help end the stigma.

But wait, what’s the stigma? By definition, it is a mark of disgrace associated with a person or their circumstances. Stigma is tied to mental illnesses because in the past, it was not understood that most mental illnesses are biological or chemical issues within the body. A mental illness was viewed as a weakness or loss of oneself.

Now, though, science has proven otherwise, and so have people with mental health issues. Since mental illnesses are mostly related to chemical balances in the brain, mental illnesses are now being treated as diseases, not as untouchable, helpless causes.

Many people who have a mental illness are not weak at all. This week you can catch a number of different events being put on by Marquette that can help us all better understand mental health and those suffering from mental illnesses.

Through education and support, we will be able to tie positive stories to mental illnesses, and end the stigma. Find out more about this week’s events on Marquette’s website.
CALENDAR:

Monday: A ribbon tree outside the library that will be up all week for students to put a ribbon in memory of someone who has a mental illness.
Tuesday: Veronika Scott will speak at 7 p.m. in the Lunda Room.
Wednesday: Active Minds and MUSG will host a dialogue dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in AMU Monaghan Ballrooms.
Thursday: Campus Ministry will hold a prayer service for people with mental health issues or those who know others with mental health issues at 12:30 p.m. in AMU 227. Sigma Pi Epsilon will also host a fundraiser comedy show for the week in the Annex Courts at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 and proceeds will raise money for the cause.
Friday: MUSG presents Forrest Gump in the Varsity Theatre at 8 p.m.
Saturday: Stomp Out Stigma 5K run/walk; opening remarks begin at 9:30 a.m. and the 5k begins at 10 a.m. Registration is available online. MUSG will present Forrest Gump in the Varsity Theatre at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

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