Sometimes it is hard to look at someone for what they are—a human being. We label and stereotype to the point where people are afraid to come forward. Stigma affects us all. People who suffer with a mental illness are targeted and discriminated against just because "they're different". At our core though, aren't we all different? So why do we let someone's medical history define the type of person he or she is, or how he or she should be treated? Mental illness affects everyone, either as a primary issue or a second-hand problem. We all, at one point in our life, know what it feels like to be on the outside looking in. It can make one feel lost, lonely and discouraged just to name a few. So why would we do that to people who suffer with any type of mental illness? Why would we do that to anyone? Adding to one’s daily struggle is something society does through stigmatization. Mrs. Pereira’s peer leadership class addressed grade nine students to discuss the ongoing social issue of stigma toward those who suffer with mental issues. Too often people refer back to the popular "out of sight, out of mind" philosophy and use that as an excuse for the prejudice attached to mental illness. We fear the unknown, and because of the lack of knowledge given to people about mental illnesses, we slap a label on them and then turn our backs on them. The message the peer leaders were trying to get across is that we need to strip away the labels and get to know each other on a heart to heart level. We are not our diagnoses; we are people first.