Mental Health : An Important Aspect For The Overall Well Being Of An Individual

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REVIEW OF LITERATURE Mental health is an important aspect to the overall well-being of an individual. However, many people associate negative stigmas with mental health disorders. Corrigan and Watson (2002) discussed that the dual complexity of mental health stigma stems from stereotypes, discrimination, and prejudice and produces both public and self-stigma. Mental health and mental health stigma are largely at play on college campuses (Michaels, Corrigan, Kanodia, Buchholz, & Abelson, 2015). College campuses are an interesting case to examine mental health. Students experience stress from professors, homework demands, and peers; and, stress is linked to the development of mental health illness (World Health Organization, 2012). College campuses need to address the role mental health plays on both an individual and community level. Based on a campus wide survey, Michaels et al. (2015) discovered students wanted advocacy groups to work towards the elimination of mental health stigma on campus. Additionally, researchers showed college students with poor mental had an increased risk for suicide and diminished academic performance (Keyes et al., 2012). Therefore, the need to eliminate the stigma and introduce primary preventative measures for mental healthcare is important. The presentation of current topics in the research of mental health equity in college students as measured by the Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7) will be as follows: health equity, mental health,…

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