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stigmaAs a long term sufferer with Mental Health issues I have always been saddened by the ways in which people often react so negatively towards those of us who suffer with poor mental health.

Negative reactions which range from indifference to mocking and judgement and yes even ridicule and abuse.  I am fairly confident, as a mental health blogger, that most of my readers who they themselves suffer with poor mental health will have had first hand and painful experiences of such things.

The truth is that such reactions often come out of; nervousness, fear, ignorance, peer-pressure, and even unaddressed hurts within the person who is reacting in such a way.

In fact, one of the reasons for my starting this blog was to try – albeit in some small way – to share some of my own experiences in the hope that it might help others to understand.

The truth is that very often we only see what is before us and within the framework of our own understanding – but what if our understanding is somehow flawed or wrong?  What if beyond what we first see there is so much more?

It is worth thinking about isn’t it?

How about checking out this wonderful story in the following video.  And as you do so, how about spending a few minutes reflecting on how much more we would understand if we simply learned to look beyond what we first see.