Help end the stigma of teenagers with mental health

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Stigma is a form of discrimination. Almost every teenager who suffers from mental health problems, also has to deal with the stigma around it. Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, every person has a right to equal treatment with respect to services, goods and facilities, without discrimination, yet there are many teenagers who suffer from being stigmatized due to their illness. Stereotypes about mental health conditions have been used to justify bullying. Because of the stigma against mental illness, some people have been denied housing, jobs, and insurance. Sometimes, the amount of stigma attached to mental health conditions is so harsh, people will suffer in silence rather than seeking help for their suspected condition.

In order for everyone to feel comfortable with themselves, the stigma needs to stop. In order to make a change concerning this issue, I will be using this petition to help raise awareness to social media aspects, as well as e-mailing the Toronto Star Newspaper in hopes of getting an article to raise the awareness of this under looked issue. If you would like to help end the stigma around mental health, sign this petition to show your refusal to tolerate stigma, as well as commit to encouraging people with mental health issues to get the help they need.