Everyone is always shouting about the "stigma" surrounding mental health issues and suicide. The very members of this forum, Hell even me. So why do we of all people feed into it? Mental instituation, nut house, phsyc ward it goes on and on. Great for those of us that have been there. But what about the new members. The young members, the frightened members? It is a mental health facility. And there are all the horror stories of what happened while we stayed there. Me included. But what about the success stories? The people that have received help and resources from their stay. Instead of writing volumes of all the negative ....just dont. If you didnt have a good stay could it be because of the state of mind you were in when you stayed? Granted there are incidents of the "Ripley's Believe it or Not" stays. I know I've encountered my share. But there have also been many good points to my stays. Most notedly the other patients. Sort of like being here. If your stay was not good then just say " didnt work for me, but not saying you may not benefit from it," or something to that ilk. We of all people know what and how mental health issues are seen by others as so negative. So why do we continually feed into it? Let's start to turn the image around. Show the world that having mental health issues DOESNT make you much different than the person down the block, the other studuents in the school. How many people here, if you were to walk up to your neighbor and say " I suffer from mental health issues" would shock the Hell out of those people? They wouldnt of had a clue. You are soooo normal to them. And chances are your neighbor has a few mental health issues of their own. Uh huh!!! Oh we suffer on the inside but to the rest of them we are normal. So please stop feeding into the stigma of mental health. Start here by sharing your experiences but leave out the names and scare factors when you can. It's a mental health facility. Not a nuthouse lock up. You have mental health issues. You're not crazy. And you are no different than most of the people out there. You'd be amazed to find out just how many people you know are fighting the same issues. Let's get these skeltons out of our closets and deal with them. Half the battle with stigmas is just that. Dont hide them away, show them for what they are and others will soon see that too. Okay, rant over. Agree, disagree I really dont care. Just please stop using all the negative names and titles atleast here. I'm the first to say "guilty." And the first to say I'm going to make a conscious effort not to anymore. Think about the new member that is reading them. Already scared and thinking they are the only one. Cant we use a little effort to show them they arent? And that there is help out there for some people? It starts here!!!!