Stigma- An association of disgrace or public disapproval with something, such as an action or condition. As in depression or any other mental illness
Stigma: How it affects today's Society
When it comes to the perceived stigma associated with mental illness, age and gender differences exist, and this stigma continues to pose a significant barrier to care. In a study of 125 adults all ages and education levels, older adults are more likely to accept and trust a mental ill person than today's generation.
Framing mental illness stigma as as social issue reminds us that people with mental illness are just that--people. The social justice perspective proposes that all people are fundamentally equal and share the right to respect and dignity.
Patrick W. Colema
Epidemiological research suggests that more than half of the people who might benefit from mental illness health services opt not to pursue it.
Patrick W. Coleman
What needs to be done about mental illness Stigma?
Erase prejudice in the working place and the hiring of mental ill people
Eliminate prejudice realtors who won't sell to mental ill people or won't find a suitable home for them.
Understanding they are people as well and not treating them different.
Mental illness in our Country.
Mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults aged 18-54.
Adults aged 18-44
57% of the USA is aged 18-54.
1 in 5 Adults
Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.-43.8 million- experience mental illness in a given year.
In a study it was established that 42% of individuals with a severe mental illness were NOT being treated.
Stigma: 2017 vs. 2016
Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year. Among adults with a serious mental illness, 62.9% received mental health services in the previous year.