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Are we ever going to lose stigma surrounding mental health?

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2 years ago by Tommmm in Current > People

With continued glamorisation and ignorance around mental health is this ever going to change to really help people suffering

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M.  Hughes

Mental health issues and challenges affect people in their most basic essence: their mind and consciousness. Huge embarrassment results when society questions an individual's consciousness and their sense of reality. On the other hand there is a palpable fear when it comes to mental health and mental illness, because some patients themselves are for a time unaware of the fact that they may have a condition. At the root of this is the fear of losing control. This loss of control coupled with societal rejection forms the crux of taboo surrounding mental health.

Interestingly, this basic attitude can be traced through diverse eras, cultures and societies. It takes a concerted and continual effort to educate and expose people to the every-day-ness of mental health, and the considerable recovery rates achievable in this day and age. I am convinced due to first hand experience that the isolation that patients experience often aggravates and prolonges their condition.

2 years ago by M. Hughes

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robbie_t

I wish we cud..if ur depressed or if you have some issue people wanna stay far off. I think hughes is right its mainly ignorance and fear. We are afraid of what we dont understand as if people with depression are contagious and you can catch it like the flu :p

2 years ago by robbie_t

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Frisbee

True we are all crazy in our own way

2 years ago by Frisbee

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BENJAMIN

I THINK OUR MENTAL HEALTH CARE IS A LOT BETTER THAN IN MOST OTHER COUNTRIES. OF COURSE THE NSH DROPS THE BALL, BUT IT'S COME A LONG WAY FROM ISOLATION AND ELECTRO THERAPY AND STUFF LIKEW THAT. NOW THERE IS COMMUNITY CARE AND PATIENTS ARE MORE LIKE A PART OF THEIR SURROUNDING INSTEAD OF BEING REMOVED.
YES THERE IS A STIGMA BUT SO IS THERE ON OTHER CONDITIONS. ITS ALL IN THE MIND.

2 years ago by BENJAMIN

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Rahul  N.

The stigma is not just in the mind. It's the mentality of people that surround you. Stupid thing to say.

2 years ago by Rahul N.

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Braden  Kelly

Only with education, and young people just dont hear about stuff like that. Why would they really? They are too busy doing science and learning Mandurin.

2 years ago by Braden Kelly

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TimothyDiaz

Yea plus its no good filling childrens heads with talk about stuff like that what good does it do

2 years ago by TimothyDiaz

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Sagalicious

How do you mean glamour? Ignorance yes but I see no glamour.

2 years ago by Sagalicious

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Keep D Change

Hey not so pessimistic. Look how far we have come in the last 100 years

2 years ago by Keep D Change

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Selena  Roberts

I don't think so. Fear feeds stigma, and people are very uneasy about mental illness. It affects their control of life and of themselves.

2 years ago by Selena Roberts

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Debbie Anderson

True words

2 years ago by Debbie Anderson

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voice-of-reason

We need to, completely. One of the causes is actually substance abuse which has affected one member of my family in particular. Stigma places more pressure which is only a negative. Let's wake up people and face that these issues are never far away from anyone of us.

2 years ago by voice-of-reason

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Niti C

Talking about mental, some people are worried about Beyonce swaying in public recently. Do you think there's something a little off? I think she's just into herself or high really.

2 years ago by Niti C

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2 years ago by robbie_t

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Ross

One year on and this still feels like a huge issue

1 year ago by Ross

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Selena  Roberts

It still is a big issue. A close friend of mine has just stopped his meds after three years, only top restart after 1 month. People are afraid of rejection and they are afraid of the sense of not being in control of who they are, physically but especially mentally. They say 'you are your brain' and there is some truth to that, but it's not all the truth. The brain is just another organ that needs support to function.

1 year ago by Selena Roberts

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Ross

With today being World Mental Health Day and Mental Health Awareness Day, it felt appropriate to bump this thread

1 week ago by Ross

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Debbie Anderson

Thanks my daughter was diagnosed with severe ADHD. It has been a very tough year for us. Seeing that you posted makes me feel a little bit less isolated.

22 hours ago by Debbie Anderson

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