100 Questions to Ask About Mental Health Stigma

Mental health is a topic we all touch on in some way. Yet, many of us dance around it because of “stigma”—those negative views or stereotypes that make us feel uneasy. 

But what if we had the right questions to break the ice and dive deep into the conversation? Dive in as we explore questions that shed light on the shadows of mental health stigma.

Understanding Mental Health Stigma

  1. What misconceptions are commonly associated with mental health illnesses?
  2. How do historical perspectives on mental illness contribute to present-day stigma?
  3. In what ways does stigma affect a person’s willingness to seek mental health treatment?
  4. Can you describe how media portrayal impacts the public perception of mental health?
  5. What roles do culture and society play in shaping the stigma around mental illness?
  6. How can a lack of education on mental health issues perpetuate stigma?
  7. What is the difference between social stigma and self-stigma in mental health?
  8. How can language influence the stigmatization of those with mental health issues?
  9. What are the potential consequences of stigmatizing mental health conditions?
  10. How does stigma differ across various mental health disorders?
  11. In what ways does mental health stigma present itself in day-to-day interactions?
  12. How can we differentiate between stigma and genuine safety concerns?
  13. What myths about mental illness are most harmful or widespread?
  14. Why is it important to address mental health stigma in our communities?
  15. How do stigma and discrimination affect the overall quality of life for those with mental health issues?
  16. Can stigma influence the course and prognosis of mental health conditions?
  17. What impact does stigma have on the families and friends of those suffering from mental illness?
  18. How do different age groups perceive mental health stigma?
  19. In what ways does stigma create barriers to accessing mental health resources?
  20. How has the concept of mental health stigma evolved over the past decade?

Personal Experiences with Stigma

  1. Have you ever felt stigmatized because of your mental health, and how did you cope with it?
  2. Can you share a time when stigma about mental health affected your relationships?
  3. Have you witnessed someone else being stigmatized for their mental health? What happened?
  4. How does personal stigma affect your self-esteem and self-worth?
  5. What do you wish people understood about your experience with mental health stigma?
  6. How do you respond when you hear stigmatizing language or see discriminatory behavior?
  7. What strategies have you found effective for overcoming internalized stigma?
  8. Can you discuss a scenario where stigma has impacted your ability to receive adequate care?
  9. How has the fear of being stigmatized altered your behavior or choices?
  10. What lessons have you learned from your experiences with stigma that you would share with others?
  11. How do you think personal experience with mental illness changes one’s view on stigma?
  12. Have you found particular settings or situations where stigma is more prevalent?
  13. What advice would you give to someone who is struggling with stigma related to mental illness?
  14. How do you maintain your mental health in the face of stigmatizing attitudes?
  15. Can you identify any silver linings or learning experiences stemming from facing stigma?
  16. How do you find support from peers or within your community when dealing with stigma?
  17. What impact has stigma had on your professional life or academic pursuits?
  18. In moments of encountering stigma, how do you practice resilience?
  19. Have you noticed any changes in your relationships after sharing your mental health struggles?
  20. What has been the most challenging aspect of dealing with mental health stigma?

Challenging Mental Health Stigma in Society

  1. How can individuals combat mental health stigma in their daily lives?
  2. How can we encourage open and honest dialogue about mental health in our communities?
  3. What roles do institutions like schools play in de-stigmatizing mental health?
  4. What actions can local governments take to address mental health stigma in society?
  5. How can workplace environments be improved to reduce stigma and support mental wellness?
  6. What type of public policies could help break down the barriers created by mental health stigma?
  7. How can mental health advocacy play a part in challenging societal stigma?
  8. What role does education play in changing perceptions of mental health stigma?
  9. How can social media platforms reduce stigma and promote mental health awareness?
  10. How can celebrities and public figures influence the narrative surrounding mental health stigma?
  11. How effective are mental health awareness campaigns in changing stigmatizing attitudes?
  12. What strategies have other countries used to successfully combat mental health stigma?
  13. Can storytelling and sharing personal experiences help reduce stigma? How?
  14. How do mental health professionals contribute to reducing stigma among the general population?
  15. What community resources are essential for supporting those facing mental health stigma?
  16. How can peer support networks aid in changing stigmatic views of mental health?
  17. What can parents do to ensure their children grow up without mental health stigma?
  18. How can we address and dismantle stereotypes linked to mental health in the media?
  19. What kind of language should we adopt to talk about mental health without contributing to stigma?
  20. How can we measure the success of our efforts in reducing mental health stigma?

Mental Health Stigma in the Workplace

  1. What should someone do if they experience stigma in the workplace related to their mental health?
  2. How can employers make their workplace more inclusive for employees with mental health conditions?
  3. What are the potential effects of mental health stigma on an employee’s performance and well-being?
  4. How can co-workers support each other in addressing mental health stigma at work?
  5. What are the best ways to approach a conversation with your employer about mental health stigma?
  6. Can workplace wellness programs help reduce stigma, and if so, how?
  7. How should a company respond if an employee is stigmatized by their colleagues?
  8. What role does HR play in creating a stigma-free work environment?
  9. How can management training help in tackling mental health stigma in the workplace?
  10. What are the legal protections for employees facing mental health stigma at work?
  11. How can a workplace culture of openness and acceptance impact mental health stigma?
  12. How do remote work arrangements affect the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace?
  13. What are the key elements of an effective mental health policy in the workplace?
  14. How can employers accommodate employees who need mental health days?
  15. What are the risks of not addressing mental health stigma in the workplace?
  16. How can employees advocate for better mental health support and stigma reduction in their workplace?
  17. What resources are available for employees experiencing mental health stigma at work?
  18. How can diversity and inclusion initiatives incorporate mental health considerations?
  19. What is the impact of job security and job conditions on mental health stigma?
  20. How can team-building activities help address and break down mental health stigma?

Supporting Those Affected by Mental Health Stigma

  1. How can friends and family provide support to someone facing mental health stigma?
  2. What kind of language and behaviors should we not do to avoid perpetuating stigma?
  3. How can support groups help individuals who are dealing with the effects of mental health stigma?
  4. What are some ways to show solidarity with those affected by mental health stigma?
  5. How can we educate ourselves and others to become better allies for mental health?
  6. What resources can we recommend to someone who is struggling with stigma?
  7. How can listening be a powerful tool in supporting someone dealing with mental health stigma?
  8. What should one do if they notice a loved one internalizing stigma?
  9. How can we help someone restore their confidence after experiencing stigma?
  10. What are the dos and don’ts when talking to someone about their mental health?
  11. How can we encourage loved ones to seek help without feeling stigmatized?
  12. What role can mentors or role models play in supporting someone affected by mental health stigma?
  13. How can we create safe spaces for discussing mental health and stigma?
  14. What are some effective ways to tackle self-stigma in a supportive environment?
  15. How can someone be an advocate for a friend or family member facing stigma?
  16. What self-care strategies can we suggest to someone fighting against mental health stigma?
  17. How can we validate the feelings of someone coping with mental health stigma?
  18. What actions can we take to show we don’t subscribe to mental health stereotypes?
  19. How can we help someone navigate social situations that might exacerbate stigma?
  20. How can we involve those affected by mental health stigma in awareness efforts?

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it bad to have a stigma around mental health?

It makes people feel alone: When there’s stigma, people with mental health challenges might feel like they’re the only ones going through it.

It stops people from getting help: They might be afraid to talk about it or see a doctor because they don’t want others to judge them.

It can worsen mental health problems: If someone feels bad about having a problem and doesn’t get help, their feelings might get even stronger.

What’s the difference between stigma and discrimination?

Stigma is people’s negative beliefs or feelings about something, like mental health problems.

Discrimination is when someone treats another person unfairly because of those beliefs. For example, if someone doesn’t hire a person just because they have a mental health condition, that’s discrimination.

How do I know if I have a stigma about mental health?

Think about your feelings and beliefs. Ask yourself:
Do I judge people with mental health problems?
– Do I think they should just “snap out of it”?
– Do I avoid talking about mental health?

If you answer yes to these questions, you might have some stigma. But that’s okay. The good thing is you can learn and change.

How can I support a loved one struggling with mental health stigma?

Educate yourself about mental illness: Understanding the nature of mental illnesses can help you provide better support and reduce prejudiced views.

Listen and offer empathy: Being there for your loved one can be important in their recovery.

Encourage them to seek professional help: If your loved one is comfortable, encourage them to reach out to mental health professionals who can provide therapy, medication, and other treatments if necessary.

Speak about mental health openly: By talking openly about mental health, you can encourage others to do the same.


Remember, talking about mental health helps break down barriers. Let’s keep the conversation going and spread understanding and kindness. 

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Robby is a multimedia editor at UpJourney with a journalism and communications background.

When she's not working, Robby transforms into an introverted art lover who indulges in her love for sports, learning new things, and sipping her favorite soda. She also enjoys unwinding with feel-good movies, books, and video games. She's also a proud pet parent to her beloved dog, Dustin.