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Malololelei Mobley

Mrs. Jackie Burr, Instructor

English 2010

March 15, 2017

The Stigma of Mental Illnesses

“What is a mental illness?” My health teacher asked

to our sophomore class, he looked around seeing who

would be brave enough to use their voice. I was hoping

he didn’t notice me sink lower into my seat; finally

Hailey rose her hand and firmly stated: “It’s when you

can’t control your emotions.” Such a simple answer to

such a complex question. This is the problem when it

comes to the education of mental health. We as people

seek for “easy” we seek to get it over with rather than truly understanding the problem/concept.

According to Interim Healthcare they state the following, “When most people think of

home health care, they most often imagine only physical injuries or illnesses. However, mental

health is an important part of our overall health and can directly affect our physical well being or

health. Mental illness requires diagnosis and treatment just as physical conditions do.” This is

spot on. When we think of health our minds automatically go to our physical bodies but we are

so reluctant to focus on the core; our brains (Mental Health and Depression).

At my high school in Herriman, Utah it’s required that every year we have a class

discussion about suicide prevention and mental health awareness with our school counselors. My

S. Stop sugar coating it. 2. We need to stop overviewing mental health as whole and get into the fine details a. 6... It shouldn't just be a one lesson and done it should be a continuous lesson. what are the signs b. This makes suicide the 3rd leading cause of death for young adults in the U. “In the U. Accurately. Respect others emotions and allow an environment of free emoticons available Social Media’s Effect On Mental Health . 4. “Mental illness are hereditary. suicide claims a life roughly once every 15 minutes. 3.not just saying “Talk to a trusted adult” d.S. It needs to be treated as such.” “If you take your life you make it hard on those around you and you will not have the chance to progress. MENTAL ILLNESS IS A REAL DISEASE. Focus on the fact that NOBODY chooses to have a mental illness. according to Pasadena Villa. self-grown. I was actually excited to have my fellow classmates accurately informed on mental illnesses.” “Go talk to a trusted adult if you have thoughts of taking your life. Just because it’s hard to talk about does not mean it is not worth conversing.” Improvements for the education of mental health: 1. Not to get it right. SUICIDE IS REAL. We as a society must learn how to cooperate amongst each other. Teach students to listen to understand. with the alarming majority having an undiagnosed mental illness. Seeking help. lessons that will actually hit you in the heart and make you understand.” The education of mental health needs to be treated more severely. it should be taken as seriously as a biology class. The education of mental health can be a sensitive subject but that makes it even more prominent to have a discussion about it. and seasonal. Mobley 2 sophomore year I was quite intrigued to hear what they had to say. Have object lessons. 5.. To my surprise my counselors were almost unaware as my classmates. They said such generic statements. Early Diagnosis. How to interact with those who are suffering from a mental illness c. Educate.

making them feel inferior and inadequate. Most people on social media portray themselves and their lives in an unrealistically flattering manner. Mobley 3 “It is easy to understand why such passive use can worsen mental health. They are seeing how they should treat somebody with a mental . Again. Instagram and Snapchat has increased dramatically in recent years. When you log onto Twitter and scroll through your timeline. My anxiety is through the roof” “Hahah I’m so indecisive. This can invidiously gnaw at the viewer's psyche. Kms” “I can’t believe I failed my exam. This leads some passive viewers to make faulty social comparisons. A recent Ontario study indicates that 80 per cent of young people use social media on a daily basis. you will see countless “jokes” about mental illnesses: “I just dropped my smoothie all over my car. I’m basically bipolar” The list goes on and on. This has become especially intense among adolescents and young adults.” “I’m so nervous for this test. according to Whitley he vocalize this. with almost 50 per cent using it for over two hours per day. exciting and happier lives. The fleeting irregular highlights are often presented as the norm.” (Whitley) Social media is bombarding the stigma of mental illness in a negative way. What you see on social media are heavily sanitized and filtered versions of reality. falsely concluding that others are leading much more fulfilling.”That means every single day eighty percent of teens are seeing a mental illness as a joke. “The utilization of social media such as Facebook. while the everyday humdrum struggles (common to all people) are carefully omitted. I’m so depressed. this can worsen overall mental health.

The rise of mental illness is a literally a silent epidemic. speak up. They don’t get to post on social media about how their anxiety is through the roof and have hundreds of people “like” “favorite” and ‘retweet” it because it’s “so relatable. But somehow when it comes to our brains all rules are off the table. Mobley 4 health disorder. We need to use our voices. “Many people don’t realize that comparing a mental illness to a physical illness is not to downplay a physical illness but to help you realize that mental illnesses need to be more seriously. An anonymous therapist expressed to me in an interview. It’s a real illness that thousands are suffering from everyday. What if we treated physical illnesses like mental illnesses? In today’s world we would never take a quadriplegic to a flight of stairs and demand them to walk up them. or a prop.” The truth about a mental disorder is the person suffering from it does not get to chose when it is convenient for them. We wouldn’t get upset when he would have to take the elevator instead.” . We are bringing up a generation that glamorize mental illnesses to the point that “the cool kids are doing it.” Having a mental illness is NOT convenient. glamorous.

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At her sexual abuse. He stayed center she was diagnosed with began to have depression and sober for 20 years but on a trip to Bipolar Disorder (MacMillen). California. There multiple doctors But she came to terms with her diagnosed disorders. to the fullest. Williams warm “Barney & Friends” She would siblings. of 2004. He is Demi Lovato is an actress and a San Francisco. “Camp Rock. However In August of 2014. Sofia was the central heart found it’s way into many later star in a hit Disney channel car giver of her siblings since American homes.” their mother were three jobs to support them. featured in countless ranges of singer. PTSD. As a child she from sever depression. Williams battled addiction to Back in 2011. things about the bipolar disorder. remembered as a great man. She started her acting While growing up as a child movies from “Mrs. movie. Mobley 6 Profiles of Mental Illness Robin Williams Demi Lovato Sofia Luanuu Toilolo Mobley Robin Williams is renowned Sofia was born and raised in the actor and comedian. lost his battle illness and was appreciative to Sofia continued to live her life to depression. He will always be truly know her emotions. through severe child abuse and through it all he was suffering bulimia and anorexia. Now Demi is advocate for “Be . Doubtfire” to career when she appeared on she was the 2nd oldest 4 “Jumanji” Mr. Alaska felt alone and gave into When she was first diagnosed his ongoing temptation (Mental Lovato was scared because she Sofia was emitted to a Mental Illness And Addiction had heard so many negative Health Institute in the summer Treatment). Lovato was alcohol but promised to become admitted to a rehabilitation In Sofia’s childhood she went sober for his new baby boy center for her eating disorder.

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