Name Institution Professor Course Date Many people with mental illness suffer twice: dealing with the problem of being sick and the perception that people have which ends up causing stigma. They suffer both public stigma and self-stigma. This is as a result of the misconceptions and stereotypes that people around them hold. They are abandoned by their families they have deprived the right to freedom since some of them are even chained on trees for instance and the mentally ill in Benin are tied on trees and left at prayer centers since of the society on offering therapies like music therapy to the patients. Street and evening pop-up clinics could be established where the patients can obtain medications and care like doctor Vikram Patel India has done. Mental illness is a condition like any other. Victims often suffer since there is less understanding. There is need to help them recover and this is only by empathizing with them treating them with dignity and giving them personal space and hope that life can still go on instead of subjecting them to discrimination. References internationalreporting.org internationalreporting.org http://internationalreporting.org/out-of-the-shadows/stories/praying-for-a-cure/ [...]
watch the following three videos that offer snapshots of mental health care around the world. internationalreporting.org internationalreporting.org internationalreporting.org Questions: Reflect on the different approaches to mental health and healthcare seen in the videos and what you have observed in Canada. 1) What form does stigmatization of mental health issues take here? Give examples (from media, personal experience, pop culture, etc). 2) Are there positive representations of mental health and mental health care in our culture? If so, give examples. 3) What can be done to challenge stigma around mental health? What can individuals do? What can communities do?