This statistic is due to three prominent roadblocks The first and probably most

This statistic is due to three prominent roadblocks

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This statistic is due to three prominent roadblocks. The first and probably most common reasons are stigmas. Stigma can come in two forms, social stigma and personal stigma and both can lead to social injustice and another prominent roadblock, lack of access to treatment. Throughout history, mental health has been a taboo subject in many cultures around the world. Religious and traditional beliefs prominently influence these views. Individuals that suffer from illness or concerns are commonly considered outcast and strains on society or even evil. Individuals in power positions such as employers and landlord may withhold access to opportunities like employment and other necessities. Even family and friends are likely to withhold financial or emotional support. (Earle, 2006) These individuals are likely to face poverty and homelessness because of discrimination. It’s estimated that 140,000 or 25% of the current homeless population in the US suffers from a mental illness. (National Network of Depression Centers, 2019) With poverty and vagrancy comes the fear of violence and the individual being exploited, as well as anxiety over lack of proper nutrition, clean water, and access to healthcare. These stresses and concerns can then directly impact a person’s ability to maintain adequate physical and mental health. Individuals may then turn to substance abuse as a way of self-medicating. Their behaviors may become deviant and may include disruptive, illegal
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activities or crimes against society. Because of this many individual will distance themselves from their communities or their communities isolate them through institutions like prisons. (Zaharias, 2018) Currently today there are approximately 350,000 people in the American judicial system that are afflicted with a mental illness. Each prisoner financially impacts the taxpayers by approximately 31, 000 to 60, 000 thousand dollars a year (Federal Registry,2018) Many of these individuals do not receive the treatment that they need or availability to treatment subsides after they are released back into society. In most of these situations, the individual(s) recognize the social inequalities thus compounding the effects of their situation on their mental stability (Lund 2016) and even leads to self- stigma. Self -stigma comes into play when the individual forms a negative outlook about themselves due to an illness. This negative attitude
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