Mental Health Stigma and the Healthcare System

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The mental health stigma has become a prevalent issue in the world of medical care. It can prevent people from receiving proper medical care and the quality of care people may receive. Stigma is defined as members of groups who violate the norms established by the dominant or privileged group and, as such, are marked as deviant (Jr. and Kite). Stigma can also lead to discrimination. The way we can try and diminish the severity of the stigma is to create transparency and openness about mental illness. Seeing that people are not defined by their disorder and can be successful regardless of the diagnosis. That they are not defined by their diagnosis they just have and suffer with the disorder. Also promoting education about mental health issues can diminish the myths about these issues thus lessening the amount of stigma. I have seen instances on our own campus in which they could have promoted counseling and mental health among the student body. I think the staff body could have took a more proactive approach to mental health. Instead of waiting until after students committed suicide and trying to fix the problem they could actively be promoting it regardless of the instances on the university campus. There are two different types of stigma; public and self-stigma. These stigmas can have different effects on the individual. Everyone has mental health and raising awareness about it and eliminating the stigma can help the world learn how to discuss and change this problem. The two different types of stigma have different effects on the attitude towards those with mental health issues. The public stigma can lead to discrimination and prejudice. The prejudice and discrimination that result from the public stigma can prevent those diag... ... middle of paper ... patients as equals, and those undiagnosed should treat the mental patients just as they would like to be treated. Works Cited Active Minds. The Issue: Student Mental Health. 2012. Web. 17 November 2013. Coming Out of Your Closet: Ash Beckham at TEDxBoulder. Dir. TedxTalks. Perf. Ash Beckham. 2013. Video. Corrigan, Patrick. "How Stigma Interferes With Mental Health Care." American Psychologist (2004): 614-625. Web. Jr., Bernard E. Whitley and Mary E. Kite. The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination. Belmont: Cengage Learning, 2010. Web. To Write Love on Her Arms. Learn. n.d. Web. 17 November 2013. —. TWLOHA, Then & Now. n.d. Web. 16 November 2013. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Myths and Facts. n.d. Web. 16 November 2013. Wadhwani, Sudha. Reaching Out to Diverse Students with Mental Health Services. 20 December 2010. Web. 16 November 2013.

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