Harold Maio: A Curious Phenomenon: When Does a Stigma Become a Stigma?

Re: Article in The Signal, July 2, “Round 3 in stigma troubles.”

Notable musicians, actors and health professionals in the Santa Clarita Valley have spent the last three weeks addressing the stigma around mental health at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley.

Notable to me is the ease with which people cede power to those who declare a stigma. It is a curious phenomenon. We did it with rape/stigma for generations. We are doing it again.

Harold A. Maio

Retired mental health editor

Ft. Myers, Florida

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