One of the hardest things to fix in our society is mental illness. Statistics show that half of all school-aged children suffer from one mental illness or another, and nearly two out of every five drop out of school. Unfortunately, children with mental illness are more likely to end up in jail than people with non-mental illnesses. A person without a high school diploma lives nine years less than a high-school graduate.
Unfortunately, the stigma around mental illness is still lingering. Even famous movie stars like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson have come out in the past to speak out about their struggles with depression. Unfortunately, this leaves many with mental illness in a more vulnerable position than they already are. Having a mental illness can make you feel more insecure about yourself and your place in society. Unfortunately, this can lead to a number of health problems.
The first step is seeking help. Although mental illness can affect anyone, the sooner you seek help, the faster you’ll recover. There are many ways to seek help from mental health professionals. A good place to start is the NHS. There are a variety of other places that offer support and treatment. There are also things that you can do to improve your overall well-being. So, get help as soon as you’re aware of any problems.
In the United States, mental health professionals are less likely to see patients of marginalized communities. Despite their greater needs, their services are often hampered by negative perceptions and cultural stigmas. A lack of culturally competent and diverse representation among mental health professionals can limit understanding and make it more difficult to treat patients’ identities. So, how can we improve mental health services for everyone? We can start by developing culturally sensitive programs and services that address these needs.