By Louise Murphy, MA, LPC, CEAP

Most of us are comfortable sharing with our co-workers and friends when we’re going in for knee surgery or are taking medicine for high cholesterol. Yet we might not so easily talk about receiving treatment for depression or bipolar disorder. The stigma around mental health can be so strong that people who really need help will wait as much as a year before telling a friend or family member that they have a problem.

The danger of course is that help won’t come soon enough. Stigma, isolation and misperceptions about mental health may be some of the reasons that suicides are taking more young lives in the U.S. every year than murders.

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