A topic with plenty of stigmas attached and one people don’t often like to talk about, mental illness, in its many forms, affects at least tens of millions of Americans. October is National Mental Health Month, and Regency Home Care of Atlanta, GA would like to help break the chains of silence in honor of all those who are struggling with a mental illness. We would also like to encourage them to never give up on seeking treatments that can improve their lives.
Slowly but surely, celebrities and others within the spotlight are starting to truthfully and vulnerably share their particular struggles with such debilitating ailments as depression and anxiety. But we continue to have a long way to go. Less understood and more negatively viewed conditions, such as psychosis and schizophrenia, continue to be often covered over. In reality, research obtained from the National Institutes of Health reveals that a psychosis diagnosis is the most highly stigmatized and discriminated against form of mental health issue.
Frighteningly, this concern of stigmatization is forming “a pervasive barrier that prevents many individuals in the U.S. from engaging in mental health care,” according to a 2014 literature review published in the Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services journal.
So, how can we help people that have mental health concerns feel safer in conveying their challenges, enabling them to obtain the treatment they require? A number of mental health advocacy organizations are making advances. For instance, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has generated the Stigmafree Pledge that will help develop awareness and acceptance. And, the American Psychological Association (APA) has published an academic journal, Stigma and Health.
For more assistance with mental health issues and just how home care can help, contact Regency Home Care of Atlanta, GA at 678-999-2446.