Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness | At Home Senior Care
It’s long been a hush-hush topic, and the stigmas continue today, but mental illness, in one form or another, affects at least tens of millions of Americans. October is National Mental Health Month, and At Home Senior Care would like to help break the chains of silence in honor of all those who are struggling with a mental illness. We would also like to encourage them to never give up on seeking treatments that can improve their lives.
Slowly but surely, movie stars and other people within the spotlight have started to truthfully and vulnerably talk about their own challenges with such taxing health conditions as depression and anxiety. But we continue to have quite a distance to go. Considerably less understood and more negatively perceived conditions, such as psychosis and schizophrenia, are oftentimes covered over. The fact is, research obtained from the National Institutes of Health shows that a psychosis diagnosis is the most highly stigmatized and discriminated against type of mental health issue.
Because of this dread of stigmatization, many individuals in the U.S. feel “a pervasive barrier that prevents from engaging in mental health care,” according to a 2014 literature review published in the Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services journal.
So, how can we assist those who have mental health concerns feel comfortable in sharing their challenges, enabling them to be given the treatment they need? A number of mental health advocacy organizations are making progress. For instance, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has established the Stigmafree Pledge that can help cultivate awareness and acceptance. And, the American Psychological Association (APA) has produced an academic journal, Stigma and Health.
For more guidance with mental health issues and ways in which home care can help, contact At Home Senior Care at 802-747-3426.