The Stigma of Mental Illness in Today`s Society


TheStigma of Mental Illness in Today`s Society

TheStigma of Mental Illness in Today`s Society

Specificpurpose: After listening to my speech, my audience will be able tounderstand mental health stigmatization, the factors that causemental health stigmatization, the effects associated withstigmatization and how to eliminate this kind of mentalstigmatization.

Normallypeople with mental health problems are often faced by the stigmawhich always leads to discrimination. Stigma is, therefore, anegative stereotype. Stigma is a reality phenomenon for many peoplewho are mentally challenged, and they report that how other peopleperceive them is one of their best barriers to a satisfying andcomplete life. Everyone has mental health, just like all of us havephysical health. Both vary all through our lives. Our minds can growto be unwell just like our bodies. The many lives of people who arementally challenged are often severely altered by the signs of theillness and society’s reaction to them. Stigmatization has anegative impact on the life of people who are challenged, and it maylead to premature death of the victims (Aguirre, 2008). Therefore,this outline seeks to shade light on kind of mental healthstigmatization in our society and how it can be eradicated.

Thesis:Research shows that more than 65 percent of people with mentalillness and mental health problems won`t seek the help they need dueto stigmatization.

To start with, let us determine some of the major contributions onthe stigma of mental illness in our today`s Society.

  1. It should be noted with the greatest concern that mental health stigma is everywhere in the world, therefore, many people are affected

  1. Many people are living with this mental illness despite the widespread, it continues to be met with extensive stigma especially at workplaces, hospitals, in rural and urban communities and schools even among close associates and families.

  2. This, therefore, has become a phenomenon that is affecting many people worldwide not just confined within the national cultural groups or boundaries.

  1. We should say it is a global threat (Chrisler, January 01, 2011).

  1. Mental health stigmatization experiences and discrimination is one of the utmost barriers in the satisfaction in lives of who are victims.

  1. This experience has affected almost each aspect of life of an individual. This limits the chances for employment, education, and housing which can cause the loss of friends and family.

1. It can affect the self- image of an individual when he or she beginsto consider the negative views detained by other people (Nicholson,et. 2007)

  1. Lots of misconceptions sum up to stigmatization. A familiar myth, at times propagated by the media, is that people who are mentally challenged are normally violent.

  1. In reality, they are much more probably to be victims of hate, crime, and prejudice than to be perpetrators of them (Hubert, 2000).

  1. Stigmatization has an impact on negative public attitudes.

  1. The consequences to the public fears and misperceptions have caused more mental health stigmatization of people. Due to the stigma related illness, many individuals have established that they lose their confidence and have troubles in making friends.

  1. At times, the stigma related to mental health situation is so persistent that people who believe that they may have a mental health problem are reluctant to seek assistance for fear of what other people may think about them.

  2. Stereotypes pertaining people who are mentally challenged in their health conditions have been used to rationalize discriminations.

  3. Some people have been denied sufficient health insurance, housing and jobs due to their history of mental health conditions (Nichter, January 01, 2008).

  1. It is very important to understand the impact of stigma on people with mental illness in our today society so that we support the morally for them to gain self-esteem.

  1. A lot of work is required to be done to appreciate fully the extensiveness and scope of prejudice against individuals with mental health conditions.

  1. This person with mental illness is supposed to be given opportunities that make out a quality life safe housing, satisfactory health care, , affiliation with a varied group of people and good jobs.

  1. Mental health stigmatization as well in our societies today can be reduced to renovate the relationships of people who are affected since human beings are social beings in nature.

  1. Reducing this stigma in our society today needs a change in attitudes and behaviors towards respect, acceptance, and equitable handling of people with mental health conditions and mental illnesses.

  2. Reducing the aspects of discrimination and stigma, therefore, in our society today is the key to humanizing not only individual excellence of life but as well mental health systems in our today’s society.

  1. This occurs by means of understanding that mental illness is not a choice of anyone and healing is possible with suitable treatment and supports.

  2. The more reduction in mental health stigma, the better the outcomes for programs and people promoting psychological wellness.


In conclusion, it should be noted clearly that being in a mentalhealth condition is not a choice of a person, and so every person isa prone to this calamity. People who are mentally challenged shouldbe treated well with regards by supporting them fully morally toencourage them without discriminations. To improve our societywelfare, we must give this person who is challenged equalopportunities in life which include a conducive environment for thebetterment of their health conditions (Zang &amp Wong, March 01,2009).


Therefore,in summary, normally people with mental illness and mental healthproblems do not seek the help they need due to stigmatization, and sothey need a lot of attention from the healthy people. This should bedone in love and by no any form of discrimination.


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