The Immortal Life If Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot

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The famous actress Glenn Close once said, “it is an off paradox that a society, which can now speak openly and unabashedly about topics that were once unspeakable still remains largely silent when it comes to mental illness. “Sadly this statement is true today, we still try to hide those with mental illness because they are considered crazy, undesirable, or strange. In the nonfiction book, The Immortal Life if Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Henrietta’s daughter Elsie had many types of mental illness and she was placed in a mental institution where she was only visited by Henrietta until she died. Elise was just pushed to the side and moved out of the picture just because something was wrong with her. 57.7 million People suffer from mental …show more content…
For some reason “regular” people want to crucify people with mental illness calling them things such as; crazy, mental, insane, weird, sick, and many other names. People so often want to put a label on people with mental illness, to show how different they are from the “normals” that they have all failed to realize that we, mentally ill or not, are just people. People with mental illness are still people, they just happen to be people who have a mental illness of sorts. This stigma is probably the biggest thing that stops people with mental illness from getting the help they need. So many people are afraid that if they speak out and say that they need help with their mental health that people will think that they are crazy or tainted or just not right. “When a person is labelled by their illness they are seen as part of a stereotyped group, “( Health Commission) unfortunately, this statement could not be any more true because it happens all the time, and it is really destructive to the psyche of the mentally ill already. ‘“For me stigma means fear,” (Byrne) yet why should people be afraid of people with mental illness? The vast majority of mentally ill people are harmless, yet it seems like people just assume that all mental ill people are harmless. This stigma on mental illness is not only an unnecessary cross to bear for the mentally ill, but also its embarrassing for us as a people to have these ridiculous preconceptions about people with mental

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