The Stigma of Mental Illness: Is It Making Us Sicker?
The Stigma of Mental Illness is Isolating People Suffering with Mental Illness
A recent article by Psychology Today discussed the negative effects the stigma of mental illness could have on people struggling with mental illness and society as a whole. Research suggests that the majority of people have negative attitudes and stereotypes towards people with mental illness. Term’s such as “crazy” or “weird” are often used from a young age to describe others. The negative perceptions of mental illness often include the belief that mentally ill people are dangerous and unstable.
The Effects of Social Distancing
The negative attitudes the stigma of mental illness has developed lead people to isolating and social distancing individuals with mental illness. When others believe a mentally ill person is dangerous, this results in fear and increased social distance. This social distancing can lead to severe mental and physical health outcomes for people with mental illness.
If someone suffering from mental illness fears the stigma of mental illness, it is much more likely that that person will not seek help for their condition. The stigma of mental illness may end up causing some people to avoid, separate from or suppress their symptoms. Ultimately leading to the downfall of their overall well-being.
Psychology Today also discussed how the Centers for Disease Control noted that the stigma of mental illness can result in a lower prioritization of public resources and poorer quality of care. Many of the people who have a stigma of mental illness are actually mental health professionals. “Mental illness represents the biggest economic burden of any health issue in the world, costing $2.5 trillion in 2010; this burden is projected to cost $6 trillion by 2030…And yet shockingly, of the 450 million people worldwide who suffer from mental health conditions, the majority (60 percent) do not receive and form of care (Freidman, Psychology Today).”
Increased awareness on the negative affects of the stigma of mental illness is one of the most important things that can be done to counteract stereotypes. This month is mental illness awareness month. Don’t be a part of the stigma. Help make aware the consequences the stigma of mental illness has on society.
Elevations RTC Can Help
If you are someone suffering from a mental illness, it’s not too late to seek help. Elevations RTC is a residential treatment facility for teens of all genders, ages 13 to 18, grappling with anxiety, depression, substance use, and other emotional or behavioral issues. We strive to help each student succeed and move toward a bright future.
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