Speaking for Myself: Reflections on “Passing” and Labels, 2002

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Ruthie-Marie Beckwith

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Stigma, Mental Health, Recovery

Abstract

Poverty is viewed as one of the major contributors to stigma in this personal essay on labeling and its impact on people’s humanity.  Mental illness, a disability with no visibly apparent indicators, is particularly explored from the author’s own experience in searching for recovery.  Working toward empowerment for oneself and others is presented as a solution to overcoming cultural barriers.

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