By John Westfall, Benjamin Miller, and Andrew Bazemore
June 30, 2016

Decades of societal and cultural misunderstanding leave mental health shrouded in judgement, infused with moral disapprobation, and in many ways generally viewed as a character failure. Despite substantial advances in our scientific understanding of mental health over the years, there remains a disconnect between evidence and public perception, a disconnect even between the science and clinicians. Efforts to normalize how mental health is seen in the public often take the form of public education campaigns aimed to destigmatize mental health, and attempt to usher in a new understanding of health, inclusive of mental health.