Breaking the stigma of mental illness amongst family, friends, and peers.

By Trissean McDonald

Discovering the presence of mental illness and also having to live amongst family and friends that are aware of the diagnosis, is an insatiably difficult task. In most cases family and friends of those with mental illness automatically stigmatize or critically taint these individuals as incompetent.

However, these cynical expressions and/or thoughts are usually refuted. It has been reported that though some individuals are mentally ill, these individuals are still able to conduct daily activities, build relationships, complete work and/or scholastic academics/assignments, and live a prosperous life. “Being a ‘high-functioning’ bipolar, I’m not in a mental hospital and I do things like live on my own, pay rent, work, and whatnot,” a commentary from Natasha Tracy. Although this may in fact be relatable amongst many like Natasha, there is a large number of individuals that are not educated concerning the positive attributes of those affected by a mental disorder; thus, creating a world of ridicule and truculent stigma.

Stigmatizing all mentally ill people as incompetent is petulant and cynical. “Halle Berry publicly admitted attempting suicide after divorcing from baseball superstar David Justic, but stopped when she ‘had an image of her mother finding her’,” a quote from Although Halle Berry allegedly tried committing suicide, the actress has come to terms of coping with her illness, continues to work, and is a supporting mother. She’s recovered dramatically from her mental breakdown and still is. This illustration was only used to refute the thoughts of those prejudiced and uneducated of the recovery mechanisms one with a mental illness could use to continue conducting their lives productively.

“I (Halle Berry) believe in the triumph of this woman and I thought that if in some way it could shed light on the stigma of mental illness it would be a good thing for people to have a little bit more compassion for people who suffer,” a quote from contact

Some individuals with mental illness that do not seek professional assistance could be at high risk of suicide. In contrast, the ones that do seek professional assistance could bring down the mortality rate. An allege statement from conveys that, “suicide takes the lives of 30,000 American every year. Many who attempt suicide never seek professional care.”

It is pivotal of any individual to seek professional assistant if feelings of suicide arises. Although these individuals may feel or believe they will escape their pain with suicide, they often fail or choose not to comprehend the permanent pain they will inflict on others. However is it always their fault? To elaborate, some schizophrenics are driven by their own mind unconsciously into suicidal actions.

Additionally, some of the same individuals are paranoid of talking with professional assistance, family, and friends due to their mental illness/disorder possibly being stigmatized. However, these individuals tend to give warnings of suicidal idealization. Reportedly, noticeable signs will include: talking about death or wanting to die, feeling isolated or isolating one’s self from others, displaying mood swings, and behavior that’s irrational and/or reckless. The recovery process for everyone with a mental illness/disorder is absolutely different. Additionally, the process of recovery is highly opinionated and debatable.

Nevertheless, whatever approach that is taken should be conveyed to a physician and/or psychotherapist for professional advice and/or approval. After reviewing several lines of this informative article, perhaps you are interested in furthering your education on mental illness. How about ways of supporting those with mental illness? There are many outlets and nonprofit organizations such as: NAMI, Step-Up, DiDi Hirsh, and Edelman.

These organizations give a lot of valuable information ranging in family acceptance and denial, definitions of certain mental illness, resources for recovery, and peer groups to listen and share relatable and similar symptoms. In correspondence to these agencies, there is another agency called: The Painted Brain.

Within, The Painted Brain, members are usually mentally ill and express their recovery process in the form of art. The art could be poems, creative writings, photographs, drawings, paintings, and crafts. The Painted Brain, a non-profited organization, receives all sponsorships through charitable donations. Some of these sponsors maybe extremely well-known and some maybe not.

However, they all play a tremendous role as of helping to break stigma through a newspaper called: The Painted Brain Magazine/NewsPaper.
With the information given, one may possibly understand the importance of seeing everyone equally as a human being.

It should additionally assist one to remember that recovery is never far out of reach for those who seek it. The goal within this informative article is to dim the light on stigmatizing mentally ill individuals and treat them equally the same.


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