The lack of people who had personally experienced a mental illness first hand is reflected in the responses gathered in figure 3 and 4, as with inexperience comes ignorance. Figure 3 shows how many respondents were aware of certain mental illness, and overall many were quite well known. Mental illnesses such as impulse control and addiction disorder and multiple personality disorder were the least known. This may be due to the general lack of awareness regarding mental illnesses as a whole, and thus especially ones such as these that are less common or less heard of in society. 100% of respondents knew of depression, making it the most well known of all mental illnesses amongst respondents. This may be due to the great focus...
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...ay fully in the near future, however does claim that she is feeling a lot better and handling it very well compared to two years ago when she was diagnosed. Although she still battles stigmas and stereotypes to a great extent every day and faces significant repercussions as a result of them, Grace feels very supported amongst her close friends and family. Facing the misunderstanding regarding mental illnesses daily has made Grace realise the importance of education, and strongly believes that if there was a stronger focus placed on teaching about mental illnesses in high school these stigmas and stereotypes would be less prominent and less detrimental. This belief is supported by Healy (2010). Overall it is evident in the findings that there a number of stigmas and stereotypes that are commonly associated with mental illness, of which have great impacts on sufferers.
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