Essay on The Stigma Of Mental Illness

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You are walking home and you see someone talking loudly to themself. In this day and age, you’re first thought will probably be that they’re talking on the phone or through an earpiece. You take a closer look and realize that they aren’t; they are talking to themself and clearly look upset. What do you do? Do you walk up to the person and ask if they need help? Do you run away screaming at the top of your lungs? Or do you give him/her a weird look and text your friends saying: Hey, if I die tonight it’s because of the crazy man at my bus stop? Unfortunately, most people choose the last option, and this is the reason why there is a huge problem arising in our society concerning mental health. Good morning/afternoon Mrs. Robitaille and fellow classmates, the stigma against mental illness is on the rise and it is a very serious problem, as it negatively affects the mentally ill and it must be stopped.
At least one of the people sitting close to you has suffered, is suffering or will suffer from mental illness. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, 1 in 5 Canadians suffer from mental illness, while the remaining 4 have been touched by it, meaning that they know someone – whether it be their mother, father, friend - who suffers from one. As if living with an illness wasn’t enough, they must live with ‘unjust social stigma’ (Corrigan, ‘On the Stigma’). Stigma is the act of shaming someone for being different from the rest of society and it’s not only linked to…

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