Wellness Wednesdays: Mental Health and Well-being Tips for All

Howie Mandel Talks About Mental Health Stigma

Stigma is a negative stereotype. Sometimes, stigma attached to mental health conditions is so strong that people who suspect they have a mental health concern will not seek help for fear of what others may think.
How do you really feel about someone with mental health issues? How does stigma effect how you see yourself or your situation?
In today’s Wellness Wednesday post, we hear from our very own Canadian, comedian, Howie Mandel about his struggle with a mental health condition and how stigma impacted his view of himself.

Try this:

As a class, group or family, watch the following videos from Canadian comedian, Howie Mandel, where he talks about stigma and the power of being truthful and vulnerable. The third video is from Dr. Brené Brown who is a social worker that has studied courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy for many years.

Bell Let's Talk 2015 - Howie Mandel Testimonial (1:36)
Bell Let's Talk 2017: Howie Mandel - Talk to Someone (1:37)
Ask yourself, there is no wrong answer:

Whenever you are tempted with thoughts of negative stigma, ask yourself:
T- Is it True?
H-Is it Helpful?
I-Is it Inspiring?
N-Is it Necessary?
K- Is it Kind?

Connecting to Our Faith

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. – Philippians 4:7 (The Message)

Further Learning

Children’s Book: Some Bunny to Talk to: A Story About Going to Therapy by Cheryl Sterling, Paola Conte, Larissa Labay
Some Bunny to Talk to: A Story About Going to Therapy by Cheryl Sterling, Paola Conte, Larissa Labay

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