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It’s not only the person that has the mental illness that is affected by discrimination. During 1960-1970’s, the families, particularly the mother, of a person with a mental health disorders had to deal with the guilt from being blamed by the media and mental health professionals for causing their child’s illness (Dearth, Labenski, Mort, & Pellegrini, 1986). Discrimination can be more of a problem in certain circumstances. For example, more than 90% of prisoners have a mental health disorders. They are particularly prone to discrimination, not only by other prisoners but also the prison officers. This causes them to be less willing to talk about their problems and therefore may have a slower recovery (Birmingham, 2003). Bullying and discrimination against those with mental health disorders is also common in schools. Kumpulainen, Räsänen & Puura (2001) carried out research into bullying in schools relating to mental health. Their data was drawn from interviews with 423 parents and 420 children. They found, most of the children involved with bullying had a mental health disorder. More specifically, their study showed that 21.5% of the bully victims had oppositional/conduct disorder and 17.7% had depression. Therefore they concluded that special attention should be paid to mental health when dealing with bullying in schools. How powerful are the effects of discrimination? The stigma and prejudices surrounding mental health disorders can have serious implications on a person’s life. It can have many consequences such as affecting whether or not a person can find employment. Farina & Felner (1973) carried out a study to investigate whether a person that had spent time in a mental hospital would have fewer job opportunities than some... ... middle of paper ... ... Due to education in schools and through the media, there is much more knowledge about the different varieties of disorders, not only by mental health service professionals, but also by the general public. Treatments are much more successful, however, many people still avoid seeking treatment. Despite the laws in place and increased knowledge, discrimination and bullying towards people with mental health disorders still occurs. To summarise, the prevention measures being taken to get rid of the stigma surrounding mental health disorders have not completely removed the problems that exist, however, there has been massive improvements within the last few centuries. Are sufficient efforts being made by mental health professionals and the general public to put a stop to discrimination against people with mental health illnesses? In short, no. It’s still happening now.
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