One in four people suffers from a mental disorder during their lifetime – according to the World Health Organization. But people usually won’t talk openly about their mental disorder, say the interrogations. The reason is that modern society easily writes off “mentally weaker people”. Rare people dare to seek professional help and talk about their problems. Over time, anxiety builds up and affects a person’s private and business life. Only after months and years of total chaos and numerous stimuli from the family and the immediate environment do rare people seek some kind of help and start talking openly about their mental problems. Otherwise the stigma of mental health is still present everywhere in the world. Instagram decided in May 2017 to talk about this ticklish topic. They launched the #HereForYou campaign. Research has shown that people on social media show only the best, although often false, side of their lives. That is why those less happy people and less satisfied people feel even more unhappy, lonely and more dissatisfied. Instagram then hired 3 influencers on social media. What they had in common was that they themselves fought against the stigmatization of mental health in society. The aim of the campaign was to show society and people struggling with any mental problems that they are not alone. According to the World Health Organization, every fourth citizen struggles with a mental illness during their lifetime. This means that we all know or have known at least one or probably more people who suffer from some mental disorder or mental illness during their lifetime.
People often say that we have an open society, but we prove by the example of mental illness how prone people are to discrimination against “different people”. It should be known that most mental illnesses are successfully treated. Patients continue to live without problems. The stigma that accompanies mental disorders is more often the cause of problems in communities. People with mental illness are considered unpredictable, dangerous and weaker by other people. The closest members of the family and the environment often hold mentally ill people responsible for their condition, explaining that “those people are the main culprits for such a condition” and that they would be normal “if those people want to be normal again.” Western society we know emphasizes open access to individuals. Canadian psychologist and psychiatrist Gabor Maté defined the myth of normalcy that singles out people who are “not normal” which
western society makes. Psychiatrist Maté explained that the best places for the mentally ill are in underdeveloped communities like communities in Africa and Asia. Such communities accept different people and are open to all people regardless of their unusual behavior and unusual feelings. Unfortunately, this has not been the case in the West for hundreds of years, and everyone is trying to “hold all the strings in their hands” and act as if everything is in the best and perfect order. They are aware that such people with a mental disorder will be rejected, singled out and discriminated against by society at times when they need help the most. Society is generally afraid of these people and unusual norms of behavior. Only 20-35% of people with a mental disorder seek help, while most do not seek any psychological help. That is why these people easily fall into a vicious circle in which they sink deeper and deeper.
We know that it is almost impossible to blame one person for the status of a person with mental illness. All people bear part of the responsibility for every social problem and the marginalization of certain groups of people. Discrimination and stigmatization of any kind are a product of people’s prejudices and a segment of society and part of social responsibility. The emergence of prejudice is prevented primarily in the family as the primary social unit. Parents / guardians should instill life and social values in their children (as they grow up). Parents / guardians should also explain to children at an earlier age that they model respect, acceptance and appreciation of other people. The education system and educational institutions have a responsibility and an important role in educating and reducing discriminatory attitudes and behaviors. The state should have a law that prevents discrimination and inappropriate behavior towards mentally ill persons and persons with any mental disorder, and adequately prevent and sanction discrimination and stigmatization in the social communities of that state. Laws on psychological activity, Psychological chambers may be responsible for monitoring the work of employees who deal with the protection of mental health and help patients with these health disorders. The work of psychologists and psychotherapists should be evaluated. People who need psychotherapeutic help should also have access to the list of licensed psychotherapists, check the competencies of these professionals but know as clients their rights that should be protected at all times. In the field of mental health care, a very small number of people seek professional help and the exact number of patients is not known and cannot be determined yet within psychiatry as a recognized medical profession.
How to help people with mental disorders:
- It is important to recognize the symptoms of mental illness. Because often people with mental illness are not aware of the symptoms or their illness or do not want to admit that they have a mental disorder.
- Different symptoms are attributed to different patterns: hormonal disorder, a person’s current situation, painful loss and the like.
- Information and acquaintance with the disease and methods of treatment are necessary for the patient to receive professional help.
- For children who have some symptoms of a mental condition, it is important to react at an early stage and seek professional help as soon as possible.
- An adult should often be encouraged to seek help.
- It is necessary for all people to be aware of their own prejudices and stereotypes to be an adequate part of the social network of support for the sick. This is the only way for people with some mental disorders to recover and make progress in life. https://www.practiceofthepractice.com/pop-160-trauma-counseling-with-guy-macpherson/