Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Mental Health And Stigma | October Guest Post Month

Most of you will have probably heard of the word “mental health”. Most of you will have heard of the most common types of mental health problems such as “anxiety” and “depression”.
Mental health is such an important topic, especially mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people and, even worse, 9 out of 10 people who suffer from mental health face social stigma and discrimination. For me that statistic instantly rings alarm bells. This shouldn’t be the case. People with mental health problems deserve the correct treatment and care.
We live in a society where mental health has become much more recognised and people are now far more educated on mental health and the problems people can face with regards to mental health, 100 years ago people didn’t understand what mental health was and there was nothing in place to help those who were suffering. However even in today’s society, mental health is still a “taboo” subject, where there is still a shocking amount of misconceptions about mental health problems and people who suffer with mental health problems sadly face stigma and discrimination.
This stigma and discrimination often stems from misconceptions about mental health. For example people with depression are commonly seen as “too upset” or people with OCD are just people who wash their hands a lot. These stereotypes are untrue and negatively affect people who suffer from these disorders as they then face discrimination as a result. Also, a lot of people believe the stereotypes of mental health and this adds to the stigma surrounding mental health, as everyone assumes that’s how people with mental health will always act.
I believe another reason for the misconceptions about mental health is that it’s “invisible”. People don’t often understand that just because you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean that mental health doesn’t exist. People are nearly always sympathetic about physical injuries and illnesses, so why can’t it be the same for mental health?
Personally, I believe the stigma and misconceptions come from a lack of education about mental health and mental health problems. There needs to be a change in society in how people are educated about mental health. It should be compulsory for schools to teach pupils about mental health, especially when 1 in 10 young people (5-16) suffer from mental health problems.  By educating people on mental health, this creates an understanding and helps to reduce stigma and misconceptions.

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