With Mental Health Day just recently passing, the topic of mental health should be freely talked about in a healthy environment.
With a large percentage of the population suffering from a mental illness – at any one time some seven million people in England and Wales over the age of 16 – shows that it’s a big issue in this country and we should conquer it.
Mental asylums, created back in the Victorian Era, are now replaced by mental hospitals in the early 1960’s. Words like “lunancy” and “insane”, that were used to describe people suffering from the illnesses, are now considered derogatory terms to associate it with mental illness in this modern society. Also, medications are used now to control the disorders, instead of using extreme treatment like Lobotomy and Metrazol therapy. See the change?
Despite of these statistics and revolutionizing changes , they are a large amount of people who are so ashamed to speak about their issues and struggles, which causes them to suffer in silence. The troubling stigma and the misconceptions surrounding mental illnesses are one of the reasons why.
The stigma is a mark of disgrace that sets a person apart.When a person is labelled by their illness they are seen as part of astereotyped group. Negative attitudes create prejudice which leads to negative actions and discrimination
Society may have found new treatments both medically and socially, but people still find it hard to contend with the social stigma that stains them in a very negative way. With the insufficient facilities in certain areas in the country and the lack of awareness, it’s inevitable that people would feel alone and isolated in a first world country, that is suppose to provide plenty of healthcare resources to accommodate their needs.
Luckily, things like Mental Health Day help raise awareness, developing more resources and facilities and showing that compassion can help someone suffering a lot.
A Few Things You Should Know:
- People of all gender and backgrounds can be subjected to a mental illness – No matter what religion or place you are from, it can happen to anyone. It isn’t a “taboo” and no-one should be frowned upon/disowned because of it.
- Saying cliches like “Just Chill”, “Stop worrying about too many things” and “Be more confident in yourself” is definitely not going to help someone any shape or form – How can they “just chill” or “stop worrying” if they can’t stop over-thinking? There isn’t a button to abruptly stop it. So reiterating these vague words isn’t going to remotely do anything to change their outlook on the situation. This leads to them becoming more frustrating and not speak up because of the brash response that they get.
- A sufferer ISN’T crazy – Because of the image that the stigma, people would think that a sufferer is crazy because of the unusual thoughts and things that they would say. That is not the case, traumatic experiences in someone’s life can affect them in so many different ways, which can cause an alter in their mental state. Don’t prejudge someone based on what you see.
If mental illnesses isn’t dealt with in a civil way, it can lead to things more sinister like suicide.
Always lend a helping hand and give someone that shoulder to lean on.
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