Stigmatization and Discrimination towards Mental Illnesses

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Mental health problems affect many people in the world (HealthyPeople.gov, 2017). About one in every four persons in the world suffers from one or more mental health problems at one point or another in their lives. On the other hand, about one in every ten children in the world suffers from one form of mental health problem. This given population faces many disadvantages, which greatly affects their recovery. Nevertheless, the main disadvantage that these populations face is stigma and discrimination. The stigma and discrimination come not only from the society but also from their employers, friends, and even family members. 

The reason behind the stigma that society, friends, and family members show people with mental health problems emanates from the stereotypic perceptions concerning mental health issues and the ways it affects those suffering from it (Mental Health Foundation, n.d). The stereotypic perceptions ranges from ideas such as mental health patients are dangerously violent to conclusion that they are useless and have no benefit to the society. This given perception is off because people who suffer from mental health issues face the risks of either harming themselves or being harmed by others. Any form of stigmatization and discrimination affects people negatively and to this effect, the same occurs to those suffering from mental health problems. More so, it tends to worsen their health problems and tends to delay and/or stop them from getting the treatment that they deserve and therefore, it hinders their recovery. Therefore, to reduce the stigmatization and discrimination the need arises for the society to be educated on matters of mental health and its particulars to enlighten them. Equipping the society with this knowledge not only reduces discrimination and stigmatization but also promotes quick the recovery of the victims. 

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HealthyPeople.gov. (2017). Mental Health and Mental Disorders. Retrieved on 24 January 2017, from https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/mental-health-and-mental-disorders 

Mental Health Foundation. (n.d). Stigma and discrimination. Retrieved on 24 January 2017, from https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/s/stigma-and-discrimination 

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