Public awareness of mental health issues, as well as people’s willingness to disclose their mental health challenges, seem to be at an all-time high, at least in Western societies. But as some of the stories on this page show, we still have a way to go before mental health conditions are viewed in the same light as other chronic health conditions. Fear and shame are still daunting obstacles for many, and untold numbers of people still suffer in silence. Stigma kills: a primary motivator for suicidal behavior is the belief that mental health conditions are shameful, and that those who have them are defective.
The more we inform our communities about the importance of treating mental health, the more we can prevent tragedies and help people live a fulfilling life regardless of their mental and emotional challenges. There is a need for Friday sermons across the country discussing our responsibility as practicing Muslims to treat ourselves and our families Read more
While there has been little academic study of the rate of mental health issues within Asian communities in the UK, mental health advocacy group Time to Change has published a report explaining some of the reasons why the topic carries such stigma. Read more.
A few of the missives addressed are: suicide barriers on bridges are ineffective; suicide is a selfish act; if a person talks about suicide, he or she won’t actually attempt it; and several more.
According to a new study published in Psychiatry Research, stigma and social support during substance abuse treatment are associated with several different aspects of psychological wellbeing.
Over three-quarters of young people say there is a stigma to mental illness and a quarter would not ask for help if they were suffering, a survey suggests.
Daphne Merkin is something of an authority on antidepressants — having relied on them for more than 30 years — but when the subject came up at a dinner party she attended a few years ago, she held her tongue.
The alarming aspect of the #DiagnoseTrump petition has nothing to do with the actions of the president. The argument surrounding this issue has to do with the way society looks to mental illnesses as a scapegoat for behaviors they dislike.
Using mental illnesses casually categorizes these illnesses into positive or negative illnesses. It makes the illness sound significantly less serious than it is and further contributes to the stigma of mental illnesses.
Back in the 1970s, eight mentally well people, including psychologist David Rosenhan, presented themselves at psychiatric hospitals, where they showed signs of mild anxiety and complained of auditory hallucinations, specifically words like “empty” and “hollow”.
The trivialization of mental illness, especially among college students, undermines the struggles of other students that have serious mental health problems.
In Darnell Lamont Walker’s documentary Outside the House, he’s breaking down the barriers and stigmas when it comes to black people discussing their mental-health issues, and confronting the problem head-on.
In Ghana, traditional authorities and religious leaders have been asked to use their influence to promote inclusiveness by ensuring that mentally ill people were not marginalised and discriminated against in terms of their developmental needs.
The show writers live in 2016, and thus, reflecting some kind of outdated 1970/80’s mental institute characters that fall within tropes is just not cool.
In the 13 years I have reported from here, “heart science study” and “heart science analysis,” as psychology and psychoanalysis are known in Chinese, have gained enormously in popularity, for perhaps the first time in the country’s history.
Understanding the manifestation of psychiatric disorders such as psychosis, schizophrenia, or seizures related to severe depression carries beliefs about weak faiths or curses. In turn, these beliefs de-humanizes the person.
Patients sometimes tell me that, by virtue of their existing mental illness, they must work twice as hard to have their physical illnesses taken seriously by the health service.
Britain’s Prince William, his wife Catherine and his brother Harry urged Britons on Tuesday to talk more openly about mental health issues, saying too many people suffer in silence.