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Mental Illness Stigma

Abstract

Mental illness stigma is a national issue prevalent due to common misconceptions of mental illness presented in media and entertainment outlets. The stigmatization of mental illness causes the increase of mental patients refusing to seek treatment, it prohibits the advancement of psychological science, and causes discrimination and prejudice towards the mental health community. Solutions to this issue include prioritizing awareness and advocacy for this issue as well as educating the general public with relevant and correct information/representations relevant to the mental health community. The increase of social interaction with mental health patients decreases the stigmatization of mental illness as does implementing mental health courses into the national education system, as done by the states of New York and Virginia. Mental illness stigma is a largely detrimental issue that can be solved with the increase of education regarding mental health and the promotion of information regarding mental illness.

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