The Stigma Of Mental Illness

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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 …show more content…
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 …show more content…
It is essential that society eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NIMH provides booklets, brochures, and fact sheets on their website to help raise awareness and increase mental health education. The booklets provide detailed information such as signs, symptoms, treatment, and current research of specific mental illnesses. The brochures are easy-to-read short publications with basic information about signs, symptoms, and related treatment. The fact sheets provide brief overviews and frequently asked questions about specific mental health topics. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), claims to be the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization who is dedicated educating others about mental illness and advocating for those who suffer mental illness. NAMI has a campaign called #IAmStigmafree. This campaign consists of three

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