Despite the increased public awareness of mental health and mental health issues, there is still a shortage of common understanding of mental health. For example, according to a government survey titled “Attitudes to Mental Illness 2007,” 63 percent of those polled believed that people with mental illnesses belong in a psychiatric ward or hospital. More than half believed that people with mental illnesses belong in a psychiatric ward or hospital. Overall, the findings revealed a drop in positive views toward people with mental health concerns since 1994, which is concerning.
Surprisingly, many people still don’t realise that mental health issues touch all of us in some manner, whether or not we have a mental disease ourselves. Given that one-quarter of the population suffers from mental illness at some point, even if we don’t have a mental illness ourselves, we almost certainly know someone who does, so it is our job to grasp what mental illness is and what can be done about it.
Many persons who suffer from mental illnesses often feel alienated, rejected, and unwilling to communicate their difficulties with others for fear of being judged negatively. Because of their lack of understanding, individuals are less likely to receive the care and support they require, putting them at risk of further sadness and mental illness. Persons must realise that mental illness does not have to be a barrier to a better quality of life, that treatment is accessible, and that most people with mental health issues can regain full control of their lives if they receive the necessary support.
A new mental health handbook has been released.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists launched a new mental health guide in November 2007, to educate the general population about mental illness and remove the stigma that still exists. Mental disease is always at the root of it.
Over 60 mental health specialists contributed to the guide, written in an easy-to-understand format. The Mind: A User’s Guide Contains chapters on how the brain works, how mental illness is diagnosed, and how to manage it, as well as a section on how the brain works, how mental illness is diagnosed, and how to manage it.
A research conducted in Scotland
A National Survey Of Public Attitudes To Mental Health was conducted in Scotland. So, what are your thoughts? (2006), released in September 2007, stated that, while persons in socially deprived places have a higher incidence of mental health difficulties, stigma is not lower than in other locations. This implies that simply encountering mental illness isn’t enough to change people’s opinions about it.
Gender differences exist as well. According to the Scottish study, men with mental health issues were more likely than women to be treated with suspicion and avoid social contact with someone else who had a mental health problem. Even among those who had a positive attitude toward people with mental illnesses, many stated they would be hesitant to notify anybody if they had a mental illness. Health.
A CIPD Study
According to a recent poll of more than 600 companies done by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and KPMG consultants, doctors are not doing enough to help people with mental health difficulties return to work, costing the business sector billions of pounds. Only 3% of the participants, for example, thought the doctor’s help was “very good.”
Doctors may not know what to offer someone suffering from depression and anxiety other than medications and free time. Even more alarming was that 52% of employers claimed they had never hired someone with a mental illness background, further perpetuating the stigma. On a more upbeat note, more than half of those who did hire someone with a mental health problem felt the experience was “good.”
Attitudes shift throughout time.
Governments and organisations are attempting to influence public perceptions of mental health, but is it enough? The stigma associated with mental illness will certainly persist until we all recognise that mental illness does not discriminate and can impact anyone at any moment, regardless of age, gender, or social background.
Mental illness knows no bounds; it can strike anybody at any time, regardless of age, gender, or social status, and yet the stigma surrounding mental illness persists. There is still a long way to go, despite various government efforts, awareness campaigns, and organisations aimed at combating mental health stigma and changing our views regarding mental health in general.
Therefore, it is up to each of us as people to ensure that we are properly informed and understand the issues at hand, because stigmatisation of mental health will only be eradicated once the public is fully informed of the realities.