Break the stigma of mental illness!
- 9 Months ago
Looking healthy and being healthy are two very different things. A man may have the perfect job; have a lot of friends, a loving family. But one fine day the people who thought that the individual who has a perfect life hear that he has committed suicide. Mental illness is no one’s fault, if we are able to be open about it and seek help and support, suicide and other such unnecessary pain can be prevented.
People need to understand that consulting a psychologist or a psychiatrist does not mean that they are mentally weak. Negative attitudes towards people with mental illnesses continue to fuel! Due to such reactions, a large number of individuals don’t seek help. They are scared and worried of being discriminated if they come clean about their mental illness.
Such incidents can happen to you or your loved one as well. So “THINK” before you isolate someone because he or she is suffering from a mental illness! Support people suffering from mental issues and treat them with respect. Above all encourage them to seek treatment.
Myth Vs Fact (Mental Health Foundation of Australia- Victoria)
Myth: Mental illness is rare and doesn’t affect average people.
Fact: According to the American Psychiatric Association, mental illness can strike people of any age, religion, and race or income status.
Myth: People with mental illness are dangerous.
Fact: This powerful myth has been fed by the media and vast majority of people who suffer from mental illness are not dangerous. They are likely to be victims of violence and crime than the perpetrators.
Myth: If you have a mental illness, you can will it away. Being treated for a psychiatric disorder means an individual has in some way “failed” or is weak.
Fact: A serious mental illness cannot be willed away. Ignoring the problem does not make it go away, either. It takes courage to seek professional help.
Myth: Depression and other illnesses, such as anxiety disorders, do not affect children or adolescents. Any problems they have are just a part of growing up.
Fact: Children and adolescents can develop mental illnesses. One in ten children or adolescents has a disorder severe enough to cause impairment.
Myth: Most people with a mental illness are receiving treatment.
Fact: Only 1 in 5 persons affected with a mental illness seeks treatment.
Myth: Mental illness is more like a weakness than a real illness.
Fact: Mental illnesses are as real as other diseases like cancer or diabetes. Some mental illnesses are inherited, just as some physical illnesses are. They are not the result of a weak will or a character flaw.
Myth: People with mental illnesses can never be normal.
Fact: Science has made great strides in the treatment of mental illness in recent decades. With proper treatment, many people with mental illnesses live normal, productive lives.
“Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all”- Bill Clinton