Essay on Why Do Aren 't They Getting Help?

1001 Words Jan 6th, 2015 5 Pages
You’re heading home after a long day of school or work, or you’re at an exciting event like a Christmas parade. You can’t help but notice someone next to you who’s just… different. Their looks, their sounds, what they’re wearing are all so different. You become uncomfortable by sudden thoughts and you instantly look away. You notice others have done the same. Should you have looked away? That could have been rude. But if you look, would they take it as staring? You glance back at them and offer an uneasy smile before something comes between you two and you don’t see them again. You leave, your chest heavy. Why did you feel the way you did? Were you scared? Were you upset they were there? Many people are uncomfortable at the mention of any mental illness. Some grow uneasy or scared. Others shy away. You almost want to ask, “why aren’t they getting help?” But sometimes it’s not that easy. There are barriers people must overcome. Asking for help is not as easy as it seems, especially for those whose problems are viewed as frightening or dangerous, or a shame to their cultures in Asia, or some who simply cannot afford it.
Not everyone can afford help, and certain ethnicities within America do not receive fair treatment for their disabilities as others do. “Many insurance plans do not cover the cost of mental health care, and few people can afford to pay for those services out of their pockets,” says U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher. “Cost and Stigma are two major barriers…

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