The perception and stigma of mental health has changed
dramatically over the past century as our society has advanced its knowledge on the topic. In the early 1900s mental health was often regarded as non-existent. People who showed signs of mental illness were usually placed in prisons or asylums, and often subject to inhumane treatment.
In the early 20th century, with the rise of psychoanalysis, we saw a revolutionization of how people thought and began treating mental health conditions medically and through conversation to better understand the minds of those with mental illness.
As our understanding developed, mental health policies moved
from an emphasis on institutionalization to a system that depends on effective and accessible service delivered in the community. We began to see laws and policies put in place such as the Human Rights Code to protect one from experiencing discrimination due to mental health struggles.
Our DWIB community is here to support you and anyone you know that may be struggling by providing resources and creating a safe, inclusive, supportive environment. We encourage you all to please practice self-care and prioritize your mental well-being, and if you are struggling to please reach out.