Overview (What you need to know)
Mental health has become a new concept to many people around the world and has started to become a more accepted term in society. However, many people still don’t even understand what it means. Mental health Disorder “is any disorder that causes a person to experience different behaviors than their normal or altered mood.” It includes things such as our emotional, psychological, and social well being. It can also affect the way many people feel, act and think. It is also important to note that mental health is important at every stage of life. In the western region of the world mental health has become a very common and well known thing. Most kids are even learning about it in school whereas in the western region it’s a very uncommon term to most people. The reason my topic matters is because I am hoping to be able to educate and clarify some of the misconceptions presented about mental health around the world. An example of this is the graph below that shows what percentage of people have certain attitudes towards mental health. One thing I would like to point out from this chart is that 60% of people believe that “mental unhealthy people should have their own groups-healthy people need not be contaminated by them.” This is just one of many of the misconceptions and viewpoints people have about people with mental health.
Example of Cultural misconceptions
“Attitudes toward mental illness vary among individuals, families, ethnicities, cultures, and countries. Cultural and religious teachings often influence beliefs about the origins and nature of mental illness, and shape attitudes towards the mentally ill.” There was a study conducted about how culture can influence the view point on mental health and I feel as though its important to add for the understand of “cultural misconceptions of mental health”
“In a 2003 study, Chinese Americans and European Americans were presented with a vignette in which an individual was diagnosed with schizophrenia or a major depressive disorder. Participants were then told that experts had concluded that the individual’s illness was “genetic”, “partly genetic”, or “not genetic” in origin, and participants were asked to rate how they would feel if one of their children dated, married, or reproduced with the subject of the vignette. Genetic attribution of mental illness significantly reduced unwillingness to marry and reproduce among Chinese Americans, but it increased the same measures among European Americans, supporting previous findings of cultural variations in patterns of mental illness stigmatization.”
How Can You Help
In the comments below, please let me know:
- Have you ever heard any types of misconceptions about mental health? If so, what was it?
- If you could tell people one thing about mental health, what would it be?
- What are some ways you, your school, or your community have found ways to spread awareness about the idea of mental health?
Please feel free to also read other peoples comments and add on to what they have already mentioned.