Mark Montovio, 53
Artist, Therapist, and Educator
Gender stigma is one of the most harmful, causing much distress to young and old alike, and often leading to severe mental ill health, including depression and suicidal ideation. Gender related expectations and restrictions either way, the pink/blue divide, have no place in today’s society.
Nicole Byrne, 51
Supported Employment Practitioner, Advocate
There is a need to change the culture of workplaces and the attitudes towards social inclusion of diverse groups, to improve employment opportunities and outcomes. People with disabilities bring to the workplace their own unique set of skills and qualities; Employers need to realise that they are excluding a big source of untapped talent!
Monique Grambow, 37
Music Teacher & MBS Wellbeing (Gibraltar) – Mind Body Soul
The first one that comes to mind for me is the stigma of mental health, which is the reason why I passionately supported the Mental Health Awareness Event on Friday 8th October. The purpose of this event was to normalise the need to nurture our mental wellbeing in general as a lifestyle, and promote holistic tools that will help maximise our state of mind and body; fitnes, creative expression, breathwork and yoga as an example. Whether a person is born with a condition, develops it through a traumatic experience or simply lack the awareness of mental management and stability on a day-to-day basis, we are all faced with mental challenges at some point in our lives and need to feel safe and comfortable seeking the help we need without been labelled or identified with our situation later in the future.
It can easily become a vicious cycle as stigmatising creates an even bigger barrier by diminishing our progress as it discourages the individual to seek help due to the repercussions it may have on their reputation. More so, we are constantly evolving and transforming through our experiences trying to become better each day, and it is through these challenges that we are given the opportunity to grow and develop a deeper awareness and improved mindset.
At the end of the day, we all strive to maximise the quality of our lives and I believe it is by giving our mental health the care it deserves that we can achieve this.
Jeanette Ochello, 41
In my opinion one of the main stigmas that society needs to get over is towards people affected by learning disabilities. Such will often face negative attitudes and behaviour from others and I think society should educate themselves to be supportive, inclusive and particularly careful with their words and actions. Everyone has feelings and being accepted by society is not always the case.