The stigma surrounding mental health conditions has been around for a very long time. Indeed, it is historically based in society. Those who suffered from poor mental health have typically been alienated, ridiculed, pushed aside and in many cases locked up. It is no wonder then that due to such unjust stigma, many people with mental health conditions hid them for fear of what the consequences would be if they were ever discovered.There is a growing movement afoot however to end the stigma surrounding mental health. While that is in itself a fantastic thing…it also brings some growing pains with it. I would argue that society, in particular government and political bodies, have grossly underestimated the impact that stigma reduction is having. A substantial number of people are now no longer afraid to disclose and talk about their deteriorating mental health. They are also actively seeking professional treatment which is obviously their basic human right to do. Nevertheless, governments and our leaders have shown themselves to be woefully ill-equipped and unprepared to deal with this huge demand and new reality.