So reading on another thread about a BH that is unwell and had her condition loudly announced and people all moved made me sad, but its not uncommon.
Why do so many people have this idea of mentally ill people being utterly crazy? I know some of it is not understanding, but seriously what is it?
I spent time in a locked ward for PND after I had DD. It was no picnic, but it was where I needed to be to get better for DD, I was suicidal.
Half my family acted as though it was the end of the world, refused to come see me in hospital. If they felt uncomfortable coming onto the ward there was a room attached to it, nice and quiet where patients could spend time with family if the doctors felt it was safe. I was deemed safe enough, but they still wouldn't come, even after I came home, it was like I had the plague or something!
Because I have suffered with mental illness I don't really understand. Can someone enlighten me as to what the big stigma is.
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25-02-2012 20:43 #1
Mental health stigma
25-02-2012 21:01 #2
Hi I have a mental illness , and I think the stigma is simply because if they know nothing about it, or dont know what it feels like, it's scary to them so it's easier to ignore it.
Also the interpretation of "mental illness" when portrayed in movies etc makes the generalization of mental illness much scarier than what some conditions actually are.
25-02-2012 21:19 #3
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25-02-2012 21:35 #4Senior Member
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People are frightened of things they don't understand and because mental illness is often not obvious externally, people find it very easy to ignore. It is that whole mentality where if they can't see it and they can pretend it doesn't exist, then it must not be there right?!?!?
25-02-2012 21:41 #5
i believe its fear.
we get the same thing from people once they find out the boys have autism. the lady across the road doesnt want her children playing with mine anymore, before she found out the kids came over all the time, and vice a versa. news flash lady they are still the same kids from before?
ignorance and fear.
and its sad because these are the types of people (mental illness and disability) that need to most understanding from people.
sometimes society just lets ya down, and it can be so isolating. its very unfair.
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I think people think mentally ill = the extreme illnesses. So psychopaths, narcissists etc.
25-02-2012 21:45 #7
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25-02-2012 21:47 #8
Because I believe people are very uneducated about it.
I also believe that movies stereotype mental illness which leaves an impression on people who haven't dealt with mental illness issues before.
People don't generally know or understand anymore then the words "mental illness" they don't understand why it happens, how it happens medically and more.
it's the fear of the unknown.
25-02-2012 22:11 #9
I work in mental health and I would say most of the stigma comes from fear and ignorance. I don't think I have ever seen someone bring flowers onto a psych ward. Really sad. The media still use mental illness to sell newspapers too and that fuels fear. I always have people comment about my work and ask if I am scared of my clients. Umm, no just because people are unwell doesn't mean that they are violent- its more likely that if they were violent they would take that violence out on themselves. I have more reason for concern walking through a pub after 10pm at night where people have been drinking.
I had a marketing manager recently say to me that I should think about changing the name of my courses as there is a lot of stigma around mental illness and it might put people off signing up to do them! She then suggested I use the word 'stress' because its far more acceptable. Idiot.
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25-02-2012 22:35 #10
i think it's a throwback to years ago when people with mental health issues were literally locked away, hidden, not spoken about and left to rot.
i was in a psych locked ward twice and in the psych ward of a larger hospital 3 times for anorexia and suicide.
needless to say, very few visitors.....but i was there to get better, not socialise and my immediate family visited me.
i'm very open and vocal about my experiences to my friends and other people who ask. i think the more people like us (who have been through it) educate other people, slowly the stigma will fade.
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