The Stigma Of Mental Illness Essay

1176 Words Dec 27th, 2015 null Page
Many people who have a mental illness feel that it is something to be ashamed of due to the stigma associated with mental health. How horrible would it be if someone looked a cancer patient in the eye and said “it’s just cancer, get over it”. That is the kind of thing that happens daily to people with mental illness. A person fighting his or her mental illness is in a fight for his or her life just as a person battling cancer is. The biggest issue with that is when society stigmatizes people with mental illnesses it exacerbates the problem. The negative view of people with mental illness creates an added burden on that person, potentially making their illness worse. This stigma makes those who suffer from mental illness afraid to fully disclose their symptoms, stay on their medication and/or seek treatment at all. In all honesty, society has a responsibility to help ensure that people with mental illnesses do not feel ostracized and get the treatment they need and deserve; beginning by raising awareness, becoming more conscientious about how we treat them, and increasing the general population’s education on mental health.
Mental illness is not uncommon it effects people from all walks of life, of various ages, male and female alike. In fact, research shows that one in five Americas suffer from a diagnosable mental illness and sadly only 40% of those sought treatment last year (NAMI). For example, in a classroom of thirty individuals ten of them have a diagnosable…

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