If you take a look back at the history of mental health treatments, along with the attitudes and perceptions of the public and medical experts during that time period, you will see that we have come a long way. The archaic attitudes surprisingly lasted over the decades, and it took years for the consensus to accept that mental and behavioral health issues were fixable, and that those suffering from these illnesses were human beings and deserved to be treated as such.
While the treatment of mental health issues and the overall attitudes towards those suffering from them have improved tremendously, we still unfortunately have to face certain stigmas. Stigmas exist in areas such as the military, although that has gotten far better than it used to be; no man or women should be afraid to come forward and admit they are struggling with a particular mental health issue. The culture built up around some of these lifestyles in various places of work help to contribute towards these mindsets.
The best actions to start taking in regards to modern perceptions is to help stamp out stigmas one person at a time. If you know someone who struggles with a mental health issue or illness, go out of your way to befriend them. Ask them about what their struggles are, and if there are ways you can help them and be there for them. Stigmas often paint those suffering from mental health issues in a negative light, and this is just one way that we can break down these barriers.
Some other aspects to consider are getting involved with volunteering for local mental health events, sharing important mental health news in your social media networks and promoting and advocating knowledge regarding the truths that mental health sufferers face each day.
SBC Wilmington provides the best mental health experience in the Leland, NC region, and we are dedicated to continually providing our patients and the community with passionate healthcare and a focus on helping to improve patient’s lives one life at a time.