Articles about opioids and drug abuse, publicity about hazing on college campuses, ads about sanitary napkins and other menstrual products, articles about birth control, advertisements about solutions for erectile disfunction, and even a few conversations about mental health issues, have creeped into our lives. Once forbidden public topics, these personal aspects of our lives appear to be part of a growing set of acceptable mores. Some of the stigma attached to these topics is sloughing away. Slowly for sure, but nonetheless little by little, it is becoming acceptable for a human being to have an imperfection.
So we appear to be making some progress in the field of taboos. What does that mean for those of us who are challenged by some of these taboos? What does that mean for those of us challenged by the taboo of mental health illness? Truthfully, I am not sure of the answer. I am only sure that every little step of progress towards making mental health illness less stigmatized is a good step.