The Importance Of Mental Health

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the Chinese treat others and how they are able to improve themselves through personal endeavor shows that they are worthy of the practice of Heaven in virtue-form. These ideologies of Confucianism that constitute the core of the Chinese family contrasts with the way mental illness is managed, in that sympathy is not shown nor is the proper treatment provided. Those affected by a mental disorder are neglected and treated as if they were invisible.
Conversely, in America, individualism and self-reliance are two qualities that are stressed. When compared to Chinese values, American values place reliance and obligation to family as a lower priority than it does on self-authority or developing personal beliefs. American culture determines that
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When more stigma-reduction programs and studies on mental health are offered, it is likely that the negative reaction to the mentally ill will improve. Education therefore acts as the bridge to understanding, and opens venues to spread awareness to better communicate that there is a need to reduce the effects of stigma in society. A case study that compared the basic amount of awareness in education about the mental health stigma to higher quality anti-stigma programs returned significant findings. The study demonstrated the effects of better educational programs in China and the difference it made in regards to schizophrenia, and reported their findings: “This study compared the effectiveness of three stigma reduction interventions in changing secondary school students’ stigmatizing attitudes, social distance, and knowledge about schizophrenia. Results showed that adding video-based contact to education was more effective… Based on the results of this study, a training kit of ‘The Same or Not the Same’ anti-stigma program using the education–video approach has been produced… The program could be considered as an initial step for future development of long-term comprehensive mental health curricula for secondary schools in Hong Kong” (Chan, Mak, and Law). Given the results of the study, if China implements more …show more content…
A nation’s government has an obligation to regulate legislation and procedures, educate society, and provide the necessary resources required to improve the overall mental health of the nation. Despite this ideal, not every nation takes the steps needed to properly publicize the understanding of mental health care. To turn a blind eye to those in need is a typical reaction of the government to poor mental health in China. This kind of response is reflected in Chinese healthcare and psychiatric resources, if any, provided by the Chinese government: “Only 1 in 12 Chinese needing psychiatric care ever sees a professional, according to a study last year in The Lancet, a British medical journal. China has no national mental health law, little insurance coverage for psychiatric care, almost no care in rural communities, too few inpatient beds, too few professionals and a weak government mental health bureaucracy, Chinese experts in the field say”

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