The profile regarding mental health has been elevated significantly over the past few years. This is partly attributable to the intense campaigns implemented by various mental health charities and somewhat due to prominent people like Professor Green and Prince Harry speaking openly about their own psychological struggles. It is important to embrace such candor because it eliminates the stigma associated with mental health while also encouraging the victims suffering in silence to seek professional assistance.
The Stigma Is Real
The stigma associated with mental health shouldn’t be underestimated; it’s not only impacting on the lives of people living with the condition, but also those close to them. Study reveals that most people having mental health issues are reluctant to disclose their condition or even seek treatment due to fear of being stigmatized and labeled. If, for example, someone is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, most people would hastily recommend that the victim gets locked up. Stigma seeks to shame the mentally ill by creating a community with closed minds, one that doesn’t hesitate from rejecting those who are different.
It, therefore, follows that the majority of campaigns are not geared towards the serious problems faced by mental awareness facilities, but rather telling people that it’s okay to have the condition and consequently seek help. However, the effectiveness of the campaign will be negatively affected if the healthcare system isn’t running appropriately.
What Awareness Accomplishes
Awareness not only promises direct improvements for the mentally ill, but it can also lead to a flow of attention. When the public starts paying attention, there can be substantial changes for the benefit of the mentally challenged population. For example, there might be great improvements on matters of policy, research as well as service development. Prioritizing the mental health issue could well result in added funding to meet the needs of the psychologically ill.
For enhanced effectiveness, mental health awareness needs to be a continuous campaign as opposed to being advertised for a day or two. These campaigns essentially enhance the chances for early intervention, which in turn facilitate a speedy recovery. Awareness further eliminates negative adjectives that people use to describe the mentally challenged individuals.
The Need for Effective Mental Health Service
Raising public awareness of mental health issues need to go concurrently with making enhancements to the facilities. People afflicted by mental ill health require not only compassion and public education but also a fully operational mental health service. It is through these facilities that the afflicted parties and their families can receive the help they require. Easy access to public resources essentially categorizes mental health issues as an illness that is capable of being managed through treatment. In essence, mental illness shouldn’t be isolated from other health conditions like cancer, diabetes or blood pressure.
Creating awareness for people who have mental illness goes a long way in eliminating stigma. Such stigma is borne on the misconception that the mentally ill are just crazy, inherently violent, possessed by demons, unsafe and out of control. If the general public is made aware of these people’s strengths and limitations, the stigma will ultimately disappear, and the misconceptions will reduce significantly.