Reflection Essay #2 - AWARENESS OF MENTAL HEALTH IN A...

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AWARENESS OF MENTAL HEALTH IN A COMMUNITY Awareness of Mental Health in a Community Prairie J. Stilwell University of California, Berkeley
AWARENESS OF MENTAL HEALTH IN A COMMUNITY Believing in the things we cannot necessarily physically see is difficult for some, especially in terms of something as controversial as mental health. Personally, mental health has always been a priority in my life, seeing the inevitable effects take hold on those surrounding me. As I grew older, however, the invisible struggle for recognition and validation with so many illnesses became more prevalent. I began to realize that not everyone was as open minded as my mother or therapist, and that mental issues are a topic largely avoided and pushed aside for things that the public feels are more valid. Not only is that persistent social stigma a recurring issue, but this leads to a significant lack of resources for those seeking help. That in turn makes it difficult to get involved in helping the mentally disadvantaged people in my community. This taboo surrounding the topic has not made enough notable progress, mainly due to the extensive negative stereotypes that are ingrained in most cultures and especially media. Mental illness like many other social issues, is largely complained about but rarely taken action on. The major concerns tend to be accessibility to treatment and receiving a proper diagnosis, otherwise it can be easy to make a delicate web of psychological suffering become broken and entangled further. My own experience having experienced different levels of mental

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