Break the Stigma this World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day takes place on October 10th each year. It aims to raise awareness in the global community about the critical mental health agendas.
Here at Efficacy, we are on the forefront and witness mental illness every day, breaking the stigma associated with mental health has never been more critical. Mental health problems are a growing public health concern.
The MHFA report that 70-75% of people with diagnosable mental illness receive no treatment at all.
Mental illness is the second-largest source of burden of disease in England.
Mental illnesses are more common, long-lasting and impactful than other health conditions - MHFA.
As the world is experiencing the unprecedented economical impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also seeing a negative effect on the mental health of millions of people. We know that the levels of anxiety, fear, isolation, social distancing and restrictions, bereavement, job loss and uncertainty experienced have become widespread as we all work to bring the virus under control.
With mental health issues at an all-time high, why do we still see stigma within our society?
Stigma is one of the key factors contributing to poor mental health due to delays in treatment. This then reduces the chances that a person with mental health issues will receive appropriate and adequate care.
Several studies show that stigma usually arises from lack of awareness, lack of education, lack of perception, and the nature and complications of the mental illness, for example, odd behaviours and violence (Arboleda-Florez, 2002).
The consequences of stigma can be severe. With it comes a lack of understanding and support, which can be invalidating and painful, but stigma also carries more severe consequences, including fueling fear, anger, and intolerance.
People who are subjected to stigma are more likely to experience:
- Increased feelings of shame and self-doubt
- Reluctance to seek out treatment
- Delayed treatment, which increases morbidity and mortality
- Social rejection, avoidance, and isolation
- Worse psychological well-being
- Bullying, harassment and/or violence
Continued stigma is likely to cause severe direct disability and indirect economic implications.
At Efficacy, we are on a mission this World Mental Health Day to break the stigma, to help society view mental health issues the same way we view physical health conditions.
Staying mentally well should be given the same priority by policymakers, governments and society as keeping physically fit.
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